The Miami Dolphins offensive line has been decimated by defections, suspensions, and injuries over the past few weeks. This week, that continued with an ACL tear to tackle Will Yeatman ended the top reserve's season. Yeatman had come on the last couple of weeks as a sixth lineman, lining up at his old tight end position and assisting in run blocking.
Today, the team placed Yeatman on injured reserve, officially ending his season. The move opened a roster spot, which was filled by center Sam Brenner. The 6'2", 310-pound rookie has been on the Dolphins practice squad all season, having signed with the team as an undrafted free agent back in April.
The decision to promote Brenner adds depth to the offensive line, and adds a second center to the roster behind starter Mike Pouncey, who has been fighting an illness this week. Pouncey is expected to be able to play in tomorrow's game against the San Diego Chargers, but the team is likely making sure they have someone available to fill in just in case Pouncey has a set back.
Along with Pouncey and Brenner, the Dolphins currently have Tyson Clabo, John Jerry, Nate Garner, Bryant McKinney, Dallas Thomas, and Danny Watkins on the 53-man roster.
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