Somewhat concerning news coming out of the Miami Dolphins’ camp today was right tackle Jonathan Martin, along with Dion Sims, being listed as Doubtful for tomorrow’s primetime matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals.
The biggest concern on that list is Martin, who is suffering from an illness and did not practice today, as he is the team’s right tackle after the Dolphins acquired Bryant McKinnie. Miami traded for the offensive linemen because they have the worst offensive line in the league and are on pace to see Ryan Tannehill get sacked well over 60 times this season.
What makes this news so alarming is the fact that Miami made the trade with the Baltimore Ravens to try and improve the play of the already existing personnel on the offensive line. In McKinnie’s first game with the Dolphins last week, they unit allowed six sacks — all of which after the halfway mark of the third quarter.
If Miami will not have Martin at right tackle for tomorrow’s game, look for the shaky Tyson Clabo to be reinserted into the starting lineup.
For the Bengals, they have four players who have been ruled out; most notably linebacker Rey Maualuga, who did not practice as he deals with the after effects of a concussion and a knee injury, and corner back Leon Hall, who is on injured reserve with an Achilles injury.
The Bengals also have a few players listed as questionable and the biggest of those names on that list is defensive end Wallace Gilberry, who has been limited with a groin injury. This could potentially be big for Miami who is facing one of the league’s stingiest defenses as they, the Dolphins, boast one of the league’s most stagnant offenses.