MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Terron Armstead wanted to play all 17 games for the Miami Dolphins this year.
A month into the season, it’s clear that he won’t play more than 14. The Dolphins Pro Bowl offensive tackle will miss this coming Sunday’s game against the New York Giants with a new knee injury, head coach Mike McDaniel said Monday.
Miami Dolphins OT Terron Armstead Injury Update
“Looks to be, I would say, weeks, not days,” McDaniel said. “We have to kind of see how everything settles down. And then we’ll be able to make a better prognosis for that timeline here. … I can say that he won’t be playing in the next game. But he will be playing again this season.”
That means that the Dolphins, who allowed a season-high four sacks against the Bills in Week 4, will start Kendall Lamm at left tackle in Week 5.
Lamm was Armstead’s fill-in to start the season — when the Dolphins beat the Chargers and the Patriots — and then played 43 snaps Sunday after Armstead got hurt.
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Asked Monday to evaluate Lamm’s play — both Sunday and on the season — McDaniel replied:
“Kendall has done a tremendous job this season. … I also did see a difference [Sunday] that he would attest to and when you’re preparing all week to be the starter, or you’re getting 20 to 30% of the amount of reps.”
“You know, that’s the nature of the business for a lot of guys; when you aren’t starting you have to be your best version of yourself,” McDaniel added.
“I think that, you know, he kind of holds himself accountable to being as good if he’s getting starter reps or not. So that’s something that he can chew on moving forward, but I have all the confidence he’s played his tail off and is a huge part of our room. So I know nobody on offense has anything but confidence in his play and being there.”
Jaelan Phillips, Connor Williams Update
The Armstead injury put the Dolphins down two starting linemen against an aggressive Bills front. Connor Williams was inactive with a groin injury, and the offense wasn’t the same with Liam Eichenberg at center.
Both Williams and Jaelan Phillips (oblique) were questionable but did not improve enough by game time to play.
Here’s how McDaniel responded when asked if Phillips was close to playing:
“Yeah, it was one of those situations where, again, with Jaelan, we have to be his best defense mechanism. I think him and the guys that barely didn’t make the game, him and Connor Williams as well, will be stuff that we will be trying to see guys practice, hoping that they can practice on Wednesday and when they do practice, if they can be good enough to go in the game because they’re big contributors, but we won’t let them rush our process. And, you know, panic after a one-game losing streak.”
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