The Miami Dolphins released their final injury report on Friday, and we had a chance to speak with Kevin Nogle from The Phinsider about the notable names. We took a look at the San Francisco 49ers injury report here. Thanks to Kevin for his thoughts on the Dolphins injury report.
Nothing is really surprising, but the injuries to the offensive line are still the major concern. Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey is out with a hip injury. This is the same hip on which he had surgery in the summer, and it continues a history of issues with his hips over the past few years. He was supposed to see a specialist last week to try to figure out what is causing these repeated issues in a hope of finally solving the issue, but the results of that visit are not known. There is no telling when he will come back.
Pro Bowl left tackle Branden Albert is doubtful for the game, but he is still hopeful he will be ready. Albert dislocated his wrist during the game two weeks ago at the San Diego Chargers, ran to the sideline and popped it back into place. He then went into the locker room, had a cast put on it, and came back out to rejoin the game, missing 11 snaps. After the game, however, he underwent surgery to repair some ligaments that were damaged. Now, the team and Albert are waiting for the swelling to go down so they will know if he can get back out there. I would not be surprised if he fought his way back into the lineup, but for right now, it is not promising that he will be available.
First-round draft pick Laremy Tunsil is also on the injury report, though he is listed as questionable and likely to play. Tunsil had to leave last week's game with a shoulder injury. This week, his likelihood to play described as being "down to the wire" by head coach Adam Gase, and it is a matter of trying to figure out if Tunsil can play through the pain in his shoulder. There has not been any word on what the actual injury is, just that it is painful for Tunsil to move his shoulder and to have contact. My guess is he will play, but it is not definite.
With Pouncey out, Miami will start Anthony Steen at center. He has played well when he was forced to start several games at the beginning of the season and then last week, but he is clearly not Pouncey and the Dolphins will miss that pulling, second-level ability of their starting center. If Tunsil can play and Albert is out, Tunsil will start at left tackle, with Kraig Urbik likely at left guard. If Albert is back, Tunsil slides into the left guard position. If neither can play, Sam Young - a career right tackle - will likely start on the left side.
After the offensive line issues, I do not see anything major. Rookie cornerback Xavien Howard had knee surgery last month and is working his way back, but December has always been the expectation for his return. Jarvis Landry's shoulder issue is a concern, but it does not seem to actually be a concern about him playing this week. Everyone else should be out there, with the injury report full of the normal late-season bangs and bruises.
Dolphins final injury report
Out: C Mike Pouncey (Hip - DNP, DNP, DNP)
Doubtful: OT Brandon Albert (Wrist - DNP, DNP, DNP), CB Xavien Howard (knee - limited, limited, limited)
Questionable: RB Kenyan Drake (knee - limited, limited, limited), LB Jelani Jenkins (knee/hand - limited, limited, limited), Jarvis Landry (shoulder - limited, limited, limited), LB Spencer Paysinger (neck - limited, limited, limited), WR Kenny Stills (calf - limited, limited, limited), DT Ndamukong Suh (knee - limited, limited, full), OL Laremy Tunsil (shoulder - limited, limited, full), DE Mario Williams (ankle - limited, limited, limited)