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By PFW staff

Jake Long will have an MRI on Monday to examine his shoulder, which may have been dislocated in the Dolphins' 29-17 win over the Titans. The news was first reported by Peter King on NBC.

The Miami OLT would likely miss time if the shoulder is seriously hurt. Miami next plays on Thursday vs. the Bears and Long will be protecting the expected new starting quarterback Tyler Thigpen. Reports indicate that Long could play through the pain and the MRI is set to reveal if there is structural damage.

The way we see it

If Long has to miss time it would be a big blow to the Dolphins' O-line. The two-time Pro Bowler is one of the best tackles in the league. One scenario could have the Dolphins move Vernon Carey from right to left tackle to protect Thigpen's blind side. Carey played there in 2007. Backups that could see time on the line in Long's absence include Pat McQuistan, Lydon Murtha and Cory Procter.

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