It looks like quarterback Ryan Tannehill might have to survive one more week with Tyson Clabo at right tackle. According to reports, Clabo continued to work with the starters as the Dolphins opened practice on Tuesday in preparation for the New England Patriots.
There’s a good chance newly acquired offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie won’t be activated to the game-day roster until October 31 versus the Cincinnati Bengals. Starting on Sunday for the Dolphins in New England would be a tall order for McKinnie with only three practices under his belt.
In a similar situation, left tackle Eugene Monroe was inactive for the Ravens in Week 5 after he was acquired in a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars earlier that week. Coincidentally, Bryant McKinnie remained Baltimore’s left tackle against the Dolphins as Monroe continued to get acclimated with his new team. It wouldn’t be a huge surprise if Miami handled the situation similarly and kept McKinnie on the sidelines this Sunday.
McKinnie did practice on Monday afternoon, however. And he did so lining up on the left side of the Dolphins’ offensive line, while Jonathan Martin was moved to right tackle for some reps, according to Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post. That seems to indicate that once McKinnie is ready to play, he’ll be the Dolphins’ left tackle and Martin will move back over to right tackle, where he started as a rookie.
In other news, middle linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, who missed Sunday’s game versus the Bills with a shoulder injury, wasn’t working on the sidelines with trainers like last week, but it appeared as though he continues to be held out of team drills.