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Offensive Line Injuries Mounting For Miami Dolphins

Aug 17, 2010 – 3:05 PM
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Andy Kent

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At the beginning of training camp for the Miami Dolphins, depth along the offensive line was considered to be a strength, especially at the guard position. But that depth is being tested now due to some untimely injuries on the interior.

Nate Garner, who was working with the first team at left guard and is Vernon Carey's backup at left tackle, reinjured the left foot he had surgery on in the offseason and Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano confirmed he had surgery again last week. So he is out indefinitely and has not been at practice.

Rookie right guard John Jerry, Miami's third-round pick out of Mississippi State, did something to his right knee during Monday afternoon's practice and had to pull himself out of drills. Jerry tried to return to action this morning and did some individual drills and a few team drills before pulling the plug and meeting with trainers again. Sparano sounded concerned and did not verify when Jerry might return.

Finally, center Jake Grove only recently began participating in full after sitting out a few days last week with a bone bruise in his left knee and is competing with Joe Berger for the starting job. These injuries have meant more work for Lydon Murtha and Andrew Gardner at tackle and Cory Procter and Donald Thomas at guard.
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