FOUR BITS: Pouncey, Harvin, Donovan, Zunino

By Adam Silverstein
June 24, 2014

1 » Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey probably wishes he could get a do-over for the last year of his life. He has been cast in a negative light in the public eye for his support of former Florida Gators teammate Aaron Hernandez and participation in bullying incidents against Jonathan Martin, showed no remorse for either and also got subpoenad during the 2013 season because of some connections with Hernandez. Now, Pouncey will be sidelined for three months or longer after tearing the labrum in his hip during organized team activities. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Pouncey underwent surgery on Monday. He will miss the entire preseason and likely four 2014 regular-season contests as he is expected to be out of all of September. Luckily for Pouncey and the Dolphins, Miami has its bye week at the start of October, meaning he could return for the team’s fifth game on Oct. 12 after nearly four full months on the mend. Life without Pouncey will be tough for the Dolphins, just like it was last year for the Pittsburgh Steelers without his brother Maurkice Pouncey. In a way, Mike Pouncey’s injury could get Miami to realize how important it is to sign him to a long-term extension.

2 » Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin faced a similar situation last season, injuring his hip in the offseason. As is standard procedure with Harvin, it took him much longer to recover than originally expected. In order to ensure that nothing gets aggravated this offseason, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll has decided not to work Harvin out in three-straight practices, according to The News Tribune. It will be interesting to see what the Seahawks do with Harvin in the return game in 2014. He’s a dynamic kick returner who has proven to be a game-breaker in the NFL, yet the team certainly does not want to risk injury on some of the most dangerous players in games. He is also supposedly “in the mix” to return punts.

3 » Now 18-0 in international competitions with USA Basketball, Florida head basketball coach Billy Donovan will look for his third gold medal in as many summers when he leads the under-18 team into the finals of the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship on Tuesday night in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The United States will take on Canada for the crown as it looks to repeat as U18 champions (2012). The Americans also won the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship under Donovan. USA Basketball defeated the Dominican Republic 90-56 on Monday night in the FIBA Americas semifinals. It has already earned a berth in the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship.

4 » For the second time in as many nights and ninth time this season, Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino smacked a homer, this one serving as a game-winning shot for his team in a 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Zunino powered the ball 418 feet in the seventh inning, hitting his third home run of that distance or longer this campaign. He is batting .225 with only 24 RBIs in 61 games.


  1. Gatorgrad79 says:

    Nice to hear of Billy D in his sweet spot and Zunino in his groove…thanks Adam

  2. AJ says:

    Adam, do you see Donovan as mens Olympic Bball head coach in the future?

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