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Garner On IR, Fins To Pick Up Lineman?

The Miami Dolphins yesterday announced that they have placed versatile offensive lineman Nate Garner on the injured reserve list, which means his season has ended before it got a chance to get started.

Garner would not have started this year for the Fish, but he still would have served as a quality backup, and would have saw the field often, such as last year, when he alternated with Donald Thomas at the right guard position.

With the absence of Garner for the season, the Fins will most likely be looking to the waiver wire for quality depth. The teams backup offensive line has looked atrocious at times, especially at the tackle spots, where Andrew Gardner doesn’t seem to have a clue. Lydon Murtha appears to be making strides though, and could take Garner’s role.

The question still lies though. Do the Fins have good enough depth on the line, that if someone, heavem forbid, were to suffer an injury, that someone would be able to step in right away and not be a liability? Right now the answer for me is no, and for the coaching staff it should be no as well. The only option for them were to start Jake Grove at center, and more Joe Berger over to guard, where he is also experienced in that field.

The Dolphins have some serious questions to answer on the line right now, with the whole unit not performing nearly as good as advertised. Someone needs to step up and get things rolling, before the Dolphins find themselves in a 0-3 hole again, like they did last year.

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