The Miami Dolphins can ill afford to lose any offensive lineman at this stage of training camp. Even if that lineman is a second year un-drafted player. Today the Dolphins carted offensive guard Sam Brenner off the practice field with his shoe off.
The extent of the injury is not known but the fact he was not leaving the field under his own power is a cause of concern.
Brenner had an interesting first season in the NFL. An un-drafted lineman from the University of Utah, Brenner was cut after training camp and then was re-signed to the teams practice squad. The Dolphins became a hot mess mid-way through their 2013 season when Jonathan Martin quit over bullying allegations and Richie Incognito was suspended. Heading into week 11 starter Will Yeatman was placed on injured reserve with an ACL tear and center Mike Pouncey became ill and was made inactive.
The Dolphins were very thin on the line at that point so they called Brenner the Friday afternoon before the game and told him he was being activated to the 53 man roster and would start. Brenner played the rest of the season and started four of the teams remaining seven games.
This season Brenner is back to playing the back-up role and is currently the teams second string center. His injury today forced the team to move Nate Garner into his position. The injury does not affect the starting line up that includes starting center Shelley Smith, right tackle Ja’Wuan James, right guard Dallas Thomas, left guard Daryn Colledge, and left tackle Branden Albert. The Dolphins will open the 2014 season with every offensive line position featuring a new starter over last season. Center Mike Pouncey is expected to miss another three months.