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The Miami Dolphins still have some question marks on the offensive line for their Week 9 showdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in Germany, but one question already has been answered. Right guard Robert Hunt will not play against the Chiefs because of the hamstring injury he sustained in the first half of the 31-17 victory against the New England Patriots last Sunday. This will be the first game Hunt has missed since he arrived as. a second-round pick in the 2020 NFL draft.

 

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Head coach Mike McDaniel revealed the news before practice Friday, also indicating that Robert Jones would start at right guard in place of Hunt. McDaniel also confirmed to reporters in Germany that safety Brandon Jones would not be traveling from South Florida and would miss the game because of the concussion he sustained late in the New England game.

What remains unknown with the Dolphins offensive line is the status of left tackle Terron Armstead and center Connor Williams. GOOD WEEK OF PRACTICE FOR ARMSTEAD While the Dolphins still had one practice left before the game against the Chiefs, McDaniel said Armstead has looked good in his return from the knee injury he sustained in the Week 4 loss at Buffalo.

 

 

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Armstead was designated to return Wednesday and the Dolphins would have to activate him by late Saturday afternoon for him to play against the Chiefs. “So far so good,” McDaniel said. “We still have a day to assess. We aren’t going to get ahead of ourselves. It’s been very encouraging and I’m optimistic,”

Kendall Lamm has started six of the eight games at left tackle for the Dolphins this season because Armstead was inactive for the first two weeks, then got injured in his second start of the season and has done an admirable job, though getting a four-time Pro Bowl selection back clearly would provide a boost heading into this showdown of AFC powers. THE CONNOR WILLIAMS WATCH Williams, for his part, didn’t play in the past three games and four of the past five after sustaining a groin injury against Denver in Week 3, though he was active against New England last week. Williams was limited in practice the first two days this week after being limited all of last week, and McDaniel has been consistent in saying what the Dolphins don’t want is another aggravation of his injury like what happened when he came back against the New York Giants in Week 5 after missing the Buffalo game Oct. 1.

McDaniel said Williams benefited from Liam Eichenberg being able to handle the position against New England to give him an extra week of recuperation. ANOTHER NEW STARTING O-LINE Regardless of whether Armstead and/or Williams wind up playing against the Chiefs, the Dolphins will have their sixth different starting offensive line combination of the season. Here’s the breakdown from left to right: Weeks 1-2, 5 (at LAC, at NE, vs. NYG): Kendall Lamm, Isaiah Wynn, Connor Williams, Robert Hunt, Austin Jackson Week 3 (vs. DEN): Terron Armstead, Wynn, Williams, Hunt, Jackson Week 4 (at BUF): Armstead, Wynn, Liam Eichenberg, Hunt, Jackson Week 6-7 (vs. CAR, at PHI): Lamm, Wynn, Eichenberg, Hunt, Jackson Week 8 (vs. NE): Lamm, Lester Cotton, Eichenberg, Hunt, Jackson Week 9 (projected vs. KC): Lamm/Armstead, Cotton, Williams/Eichenberg, Robert Jones, Jackson With Hunt out for the K.C. game, Jackson now will become the only offensive lineman to have started every game for the Dolphins this season. The only question now is who will be joining him at center and left tackle.

 

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