Ankle injury and severe illness.
Ankle injury from a shower fall.
That has been the story of the Miami Dolphins offensive line for the first five weeks of the 2016 regular season. As the team has dealt with injuries, position changes, and roster moves, quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been getting crushed and the menagerie of running backs has struggled to find running lanes.
This week, however, it appears the Dolphins will, for the first time, have their “opening day” offensive line. Left tackle Branden Albert, left guard Laremy Tunsil, center Mike Pouncey, right guard Jermon Bushrod, and right tackle Ja’Wuan James. The Dolphins should finally be able to put out the offensive line they thought they would have back in June.
The Dolphins getting their five starting offensive linemen on the field for the first time this season could be a big bonus for an offense which has struggled all season. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been beaten and bruised all year. The running backs have struggled to find running space. The team has not seen the protection they expected this year, and, hopefully, that changes when the team actually gets their opening day offensive line all on the field for the first time.
In Week 6.