Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano has yet to name starters on the interior offensive line, and Tuesday's news about OL Nate Garner will not help the depth in the trenches.
According to one report, Garner is likely out 4-6 weeks after undergoing surgery on the same left foot that was operated on in the offseason. However, a source told The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero that Garner will miss at least eight weeks.
Garner started eight games in 2009 at guard and had been backing up ORT Vernon Carey during training camp. While Garner was not slated to start, other injuries and question marks along the interior offensive line make his experience and versatility valuable.
Rookie OL John Jerry could not finish Tuesday's practice after a right knee injury; he was the front-runner to start at right guard. Jake Grove and Joe Berger are still competing for the starting center role, while Richie Incognito has yet to solidify a starting spot at left guard.
Second-year OTs Lydon Murtha and Andrew Gardner will compete for Garner's backup spot.
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