[Update #2: Jeff Darlington disputes NFL.com's report. He says he was told Odrick will not miss six weeks. A source tells Darlington it's "not a serious injury." Darlington adds that Jared could still be out more than a week. Adam Schefter is now confirming Darlington's story, that Odrick has a hairline fracture and will miss two weeks.]
[Update: NFL.com's Jason La Canfora is reporting that Jared Odrick will be out for as many as six weeks with what a league source says is a broken right fibula. Ugh.]
Rookie defensive end Jared Odrick was having a very good NFL debut on Sunday before leaving the game early with a leg injury. Now the Miami Herald is reporting that the bone bruise suffered by Odrick will likely keep him out this week - and possibly for a couple of weeks. Armando Salguero calls Odrick's status "week to week."
To help fill in, the Dolphins have re-signed Lionel Dotson, who had been stashed away on Denver's practice squad. Dotson spent the past two seasons in Miami but was among the final cuts made by Miami on Labor Day weekend. It's unknown at this point who the Dolphins have either cut or moved to their own practice squad to make room for Dotson on the roster.
The defensive line will likely get shuffled while Odrick is out. Tony McDaniel will likely step in as the starter at defensive end. But look for the Dolphins to shift Randy Starks to end at times, allowing Paul Soliai to play the nose. The Dolphins did this a few times last week and could likely become more common until Odrick returns.
Starks, as you all know, had a career year last year at defensive end. But he was asked to shift to nose tackle this offseason, replacing the retired Jason Ferguson. But with Soliai putting together a very good preseason, the Dolphins have the flexibility to shift Starks over along the defensive line.
And this week, the front seven will have to play well. Otherwise Adrian Peterson will cause major problems as the Dolphins look to go 2-0 for the first time since 2002.
[Note: The Dolphins also re-signed LB Erik Walden and waived defensive end Clifton Geathers, who they signed just last week. Still not sure whose roster spot Dotson took.]