A big part of the Miami Dolphins’ resurgence in the middle of this season, including the team’s current four-game winning streak, has been the health of the offensive line. Miami did not get to see their “opening day” offensive line until mid-October, when the team lined up Branden Albert, Laremy Tunsil, Mike Pouncey, Jermon Bushrod, and Ja’Wuan James for the first time. In mid-November, they will be without the lineup again.
Left tackle Albert, who dislocated his wrist during the team’s win last weekend against the San Diego Chargers but returned to finish the game, has been ruled out of this week’s contest against the Los Angeles Rams. Center Pouncey is doubtful after being limited during Wednesday’s practice, then not practicing Thursday and Friday, as he deals with more hip issues.
That could mean the team brings out an offensive line, from left tackle to right tackle, of Tunsil, Kraig Urbik, Anthony Steen, Burshrod, and James. They will be facing a defensive front than includes 2015 All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald and 2013 All-Pro defensive end Robert Quinn.
Miami also ruled out cornerback Xavien Howard, who is continuing to rehab from in-season knee surgery, and listed linebacker Jelani Jenkins, who has a broken hand and a knee issue, as doubtful.
The team included safety Isa Abdul-Quddus (ankle), guard Bushrod (shoulder), linebacker Mike Hull (knee), defensive end Jason Jones (knee), wide receiver Jarvis Landry (shoulder), center Steen (neck), wide receiver Kenny Stills (calf), and defensive end Mario Williams (ankle) on the injury report, all as questionable for the game.
The Rams, meanwhile, only had center Tim Barnes (foot), running back Todd Gurley (thigh), cornerback Lamarcus Joyner (ankle), defensive end Quinn (ill), and defensive end Eugene Sims (concussion) on the report, all questionable for the game. Quinn was hospitalized earlier in the week due to his illness, but he is expected to be available for the game.
The Dolphins and Rams kickoff on Sunday at 4:05pm ET at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.