Miami Dolphins’ Versatile Lineman Nate Garner To Miss Eight Weeks

August 18, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Miami Dolphins' offensive line depth has taken a significant blow this week, as offensive tackle Nate Garner will reportedly miss the next eight weeks due to a foot injury.

Garner recently had surgery on his foot for the second time this offseason—an injury that forced him to miss time during OTAs.

Though not projected as a starter after seeing time at guard in 2009, the injury is significant because Garner is the top backup at right tackle. He also had the most versatility among the Dolphins' backup linemen, with the ability to play anywhere on the line.

The Dolphins must now decide if it is worth carrying Garner on the active 53-man roster well into the season, as the eight-week timetable for his return would put him out until October.

Garner's injury will also impact which other reserve linemen make the team following the preseason.

The Dolphins typically keep nine offensive linemen, and a healthy Garner would undoubtedly be in that...

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