The Miami Dolphins have lost starting left guard Josh Sitton for the season due to a torn rotator cuff, a league source said Friday.
This is a devastating blow to the Dolphins, as Sitton is a four-time Pro Bowler who had signed a 2-year, $18 million deal with the club this offseason.
Sitton had a strong debut against the Titans in Miami’s season-opener, following an excellent camp. Sitton is effective in both the run and passing games.
He had emerged as a mentor for left tackle Laremy Tunsil. As the Dolphins transformed their roster before this season, they had looked to add players who were tough, scrappy, committed and had experienced winning.
Before the season, quarterback Ryan Tannehill said he felt more comfortable behind this year’s offensive line than any he had before. Tannehill had been virtually untouched throughout the preseason and was sacked only once in the opener, by an unblocked player.
I agree that Frank Gore looked great and had a nice burst, but he isn’t the Dolphins newcomer that made this play. Josh Sitton paves a path. Design was well thought-out too. Mike backer reads outside zone to the right and Miami goes with split zone. pic.twitter.com/g00LTk1BwQ
— Travis Wingfield (@WingfieldNFL) September 11, 2018
With Sitton down, veteran Ted Larsen will enter the lineup. Larsen has played in 111 games, with 73 starts.
On Thursday, coach Adam Gase said the team feels confident in Larsen.
“The main reason that we wanted him on this team was if something ever happened to anybody and he went in the game, we were really comfortable with that because we feel like he is probably a starter at a lot of different places and we’re lucky enough to have him here,” Gase said.
The Dolphins face the Jets on Sunday, including star defensive lineman Leonard Williams.
“Obviously, New York has good inside players,” Miami offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said Thursday. “And some weeks the matchup would be different, if it was a tackle or a center, however it is. Does it change things? Absolutely. If you didn’t have someone at any position, you look to (say), ‘How is this matchup going to affect us in the game?’”