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NFL Rumors: Miami Dolphins May Be Down a Starter on Defense

Rafael Suanes-US PRESSWIRE

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The Miami Dolphins are about to welcome their former quarterback Chad Henne back to Miami as he quarterbacks this weeks opponent – the Jacksonville Jaguars. Word out of Miami is the Dolphins may be down one starter from the defense (article on Davone Bess missing this game is HERE).

Koa Misi has an ankle issue that he sustained in last weeks loss to the San Francisco 49ers, and he missed practise this week as a result. The word is that defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle is preparing for the Jags game as though Misi will miss the game.

Misi missed the last four games of 2011 with a shoulder issue, but he had played in all 13 games this season.

Misi is at 64 tackles which is fifth on the team, and is already a career-high. In fact the third year player out of the University of Utah was on pace to double his previous career-high for tackles. Misi needs one more sack to tie his career-high in that area too.

When Misi was hurt in the 49ers game it was sixth year man Justin Trusnik who replaced him. On the season the former Ohio Northern University product has 17 tackles. In his two years with Miami he has yet to record a sack.

Third year man Austin Spitler and rookie Jonathan Freeny could also see more action this week if Misi cannot play. Spitler has eight tackles this season (his career-high is 11) and Freeny has eight. Neither player has ever recorded a sack.

We may see Miami err on the side of caution with Misi as this is not a game that requires all starters to play on defense. The Jags are horrid. They average just 3.7 yards per carry (#30 in NFL) and average just 82 rushing yards per game (29th). The Jags have only five rushing touchdowns this season (only three teams have fewer).

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