The Miami Dolphins have ruled out four-time Pro Bowl left tackle Terron Armstead for their Week 5 game against the New York Giants. Armstead suffered a knee injury in the Dolphins’ Week 4 loss to the Buffalo Bills, and he will miss at least one game.
Armstead’s absence is a major blow to the Dolphins’ offense. He is one of the best left tackles in the NFL, and he provides a lot of protection for quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
What to Expect Without Armstead
The Dolphins will likely start Kendall Lamm at left tackle in place of Armstead. Lamm is a solid player, but he is not at Armstead’s level. The Dolphins will likely have to adjust their offensive game plan without Armstead in the lineup.
Tagovailoa will be under more pressure: Without Armstead, Tagovailoa will be under more pressure from opposing pass rushers. The Dolphins will need to do a better job of protecting Tagovailoa, especially in the pocket.
The Dolphins will run the ball less: The Dolphins may be more hesitant to run the ball with Lamm at left tackle. Lamm is not as good of a run blocker as Armstead, so the Dolphins may be more likely to pass the ball more often.
The Miami Dolphins will throw more short passes: The Maimi Dolphins may be more likely to throw short passes to avoid putting Tagovailoa in too much danger. Short passes are also easier to complete with a backup left tackle.
Impact on The Miami Dolphins’ Season
Armstead’s absence could have a significant impact on the Dolphins’ season. The Dolphins are a playoff contender this year, and they need all the help they can get.
If the Dolphins struggle to protect Tagovailoa without Armstead, it could derail their season. The Dolphins also need to be able to run the ball effectively to be successful. If the Dolphins are unable to do either of those things, it could be a long season for them.
Armstead’s absence is a major blow to the Dolphins’ offense. The Dolphins will need to find a way to adjust their game plan without him. If the Dolphins are unable to protect Tagovailoa and run the ball effectively, it could derail their season.