With Miami Dolphins starting center Mike Pouncey out of today’s game against the San Diego Chargers with an illness, it is going to make what already felt like was going to be a long day, even longer. The Dolphins’ offensive line will now be short three of their usual five starters when they host the Chargers today.
The line, already one of the worst in the league, is of course already missing Richie Incognito and his buddy Jonathan Martin due to the fallout from bullying allegations. The Dolphins also found out this week that they lost tackle Will Yeatman for the season with a knee injury.
The expected emergency remedy would be to start backup center Sam Brenner or slide Nate Garner from right guard to center and throw backup Danny Watkins in at guard. Either way, the situation doesn’t look good for the Dolphins’ hopes to somehow protect the quarterback or establish a running game.
Dolphin quarterback Ryan Tannehill can’t be happy to hear this news, as he has hit the ground 37 times already this season. A big reason the big play has not come this season is due to the fact that the line can’t protect their quarterback or give him enough time to let deeper routes to develop. Tannehill will have to try harder than ever today to get rid of the football quickly and accurately if he intends on winning this game today.
Miami is still in the hunt for the playoffs thanks, in large part, to their 3-0 start to the season. Despite losing five out of their last six games, a win today keeps them in the race, even with all of the turmoil the team has been through over the last few weeks.