Miami Dolphins: Maurkice Pouncey

Here are the most interesting Miami Dolphins stories Thursday from around the Web:
  • David Steele of the Sporting News wonders if Dan Marino and the Dolphins are a good fit.
Morning take: It appears Marino is getting close to finding a role with the team. He is the Dolphins’ most popular former player and most likely will land on the business end.
  • Brian Coyle of the Dolphins team site writes there are high expectations for their receiving corps.
Morning take: Miami has its deepest group in years. Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline lead the way in what should be a major part of the team’s offense.
  • Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald writes Dolphins safety Louis Delmas is ready to make plays.
Morning take: As long as Delmas is healthy, he should make an impact. The Dolphins will have to monitor his knees throughout the year.
  • Maurkice Pouncey tells Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that his twin brother, Mike Pouncey, is stressed out from repercussions of the bullying scandal.
Morning take: Pouncey must handle the fallout and move on. Pouncey doesn’t think he needs psychological testing, but it’s more important to listen to the NFL and avoid a suspension.

Pouncey reunion in Pittsburgh

December, 6, 2013
DAVIE, Fla. -- For twin brothers Mike and Maurkice Pouncey, Sunday's game between the Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers will be a bittersweet reunion for a variety of reasons.

For starters, the twins missed out on a chance to play against each other for the first time due to injury. Maurkice Pouncey is out for the year following an ACL and MCL tear in his knee. The brothers were teammates in high school and at the University of Florida.

This is the first meeting between Miami and Pittsburgh since Mike Pouncey was drafted in 2011. But only one twin will be on the field.

"No question, you always want to see your brother playing," Mike said of Maurkice Friday. "I hate that he's going through what he's going through this year. But he's a tough dude."

This is a big game for both the Steelers (5-7) and Dolphins (6-6). Both teams are fighting for the final wild card in the AFC, and the head-to-head tiebreaker could be crucial down the stretch. But the competition aspect won't separate the Pounceys.

Mike and Maurkice will have family in Pittsburgh for the game, and they plan to have dinner Saturday night when the Dolphins arrive. In a bit of a strange twist, Mike also is bringing members of Miami's offensive line to Maurkice's home.

However, strategy on the game is off limits.

"He didn't give me any tips. He has a lot of loyalty to his football team and those guys," Mike Pouncey said. "So we just keep it to the basics, our friendship. He didn't give me any tips and I definitely didn't give him none."