Here, in descending order, is the likelihood of the Dolphins’ injured offensive linemen playing Sunday against the 49ers.
1. Laremy Tunsil.
2. Branden Albert.
3. Mike Pouncey.
1. Tunsil, who injured his shoulder Sunday against the Rams, practiced for the second straight day Thursday.
2. Albert, who’s dealing with a wrist injury, warmed up with the team but did not do anything beyond that.
3. And Pouncey (hip) was out of sight for the second consecutive day.
The Dolphins are not prepared to say if Tunsil will play Sunday; Dolphins coach Adam Gase said “it’s going to be to the wire.”
But it’s even more significant that Tunsil practiced Thursday than Wednesday; the former was a full practice, while the latter was a glorified walk-through. Tunsil wore what appeared to be a brace on his left bicep and shoulder Thursday. He worked on a limited basis.
“It's painful for him, whether it be contact or movement,” Gase said. “It's more of just, how much movement does he have? That's the hardest thing, if he has to play left tackle, he's got to be able to get his hands on guys and you're getting hit every play. It's a little bit of everything. It's movement, it's mobility. You're going to really have to play through some pride in an uncomfortable circumstance.”
If Tunsil can play Sunday, he’ll presumably be Miami’s starting left tackle, with Kraig Urbik at left guard and Anthony Steen at center.
Meanwhile, receiver Jarvis Landry (shoulder) and linebacker Spencer Paysinger (neck) were on the field, but in red caution jerseys Sunday. They were limited in their participation Thursday.