Written by Andrew Abramson of The Palm Beach Post
The Miami Dolphins worked out several centers Monday to replace injured Pro Bowler Mike Pouncey, but they signed a guard to fill the void.
Daryn Colledge, 32, played under Dolphins coach Joe Philbin in Green Bay from 2006 through ’10 when Philbin was the Packers’ offensive line coach and later offensive coordinator.
Colledge (6-foot-4, 308 pounds) spent the last three seasons with Arizona. In 2013, Pro Football Focus graded him as the 45th-best guard of 81 in the NFL.
He has started every game since the 2008 season but would be playing center for the first time. He could compete for time at center while Pouncey recovers from hip surgery. Pouncey is expected to return during the first half of the season.
The Dolphins also could slide newly acquired guard Shelley Smith to center and start Colledge at guard. Smith received some snaps at center during recent practices.
Reserve Dolphins linemen Sam Brenner and Nate Garner also could get time at center during training camp, which starts late this month. The Dolphins also have undrafted rookie center Tyler Larsen (Utah).
Smith was expected to start at right guard this season with second-year lineman Dallas Thomas competing with rookie Billy Turner at left guard.
It remains to be seen whether Pouncey will be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. If so, he’d be out at least six games and couldn’t return until Week 8 in Jacksonville, but the Dolphins would have an additional roster spot while he’s out.
The Dolphins also worked out but did not sign centers Samson Satele and Steve Vallos, as well as tackle Ryan Harris, according to the Miami Herald.
Satele, 29, has been in the NFL since 2007 and spent his first two seasons as the Dolphins’ starting center. He was with Indianapolis the past two seasons.
Vallos, 30, has bounced around the NFL after playing his first three years with Seattle. He was a reserve for Denver last year and has started nine of his 59 NFL games.
Harris, 29, spent the last two seasons with the Texans.
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