Ja’Wuan James on Sunday became the latest in a long line of Dolphins offensive linemen to miss time because of injury this fall.
James, who started at left tackle with Branden Albert lost for the season, sustained a stinger in the first half of Sunday’s loss to the Broncos.
James, who was replaced by Jason Fox, remained dressed for the rest of the game but never did return.
“I’m going to be all right,” James later said. “That’s all I’m saying.
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“I was telling them, I felt like I could go back in and they were like, ‘We’re going to keep you as a backup right now. You don’t have the strength that you should.’”
The Dolphins used all seven of their active linemen Sunday, as Daryn Colledge and Shelley Smith rotated at left guard. Despite the patchwork group, the Dolphins’ line actually had one of its better games — especially considering the Broncos’ fierce pass rush.
The Dolphins averaged 4.6 yards per rush and allowed just one sack.
“This is a talented group,” Fox said. “After everybody made such a story about this last year, I feel like we went out and got some of the best offensive linemen in the game. That’s been really fortunate this year, because we’ve had to call on some people in different spots. Everybody stepped up.”
The hamstring injury that popped up midweek for tight end Charles Clay was serious enough to keep him out of Sunday’s game.
Dion Sims took his place in the lineup, starting for the seventh time in his career — and the second time this year. He finished the game with four catches for 31 yards.
The Dolphins even turned to defensive end Dion Jordan in the red zone, lining the second-year player up as a tight end for the first time. He was uncovered on one goal-line play, but the Broncos called timeout just before the ball was snapped.
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Running back LaMichael James, the former Oregon star, was active for the first time as a Dolphin on Sunday.
He seemed to have a bit of a route miscommunication with quarterback Ryan Tannehill on his first play from scrimmage, and it nearly led to an interception. Later, James ran the ball twice, gaining 4 total yards.
THIS AND THAT
▪ The list of Dolphins inactives: Clay, cornerback Cortland Finnegan, cornerback Jalil Brown, linebacker Jonathan Freeny, offensive lineman Nate Garner, defensive tackle Anthony Johnson and guard Billy Turner.
▪ Dan Marino and John Elway — two all-time greats who have second football acts as executives — took a few minutes to chat on the 30-yard line before Sunday’s game.
▪ The Dolphins have now totaled 285 points on the season. Their average — 25.9 per game — would be the fifth-best in franchise history and most since 1986.
▪ Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace now has seven touchdown catches this year and 44 since 2009 — the most of any AFC receiver.
▪ Jarvis Landry’s two touchdown catches gave him five for the season — tied for second most by a Dolphins rookie. Chris Chambers had seven in 2001.
▪ Long snapper John Denney not only extended his consecutive-games-played streak to 155 (best in franchise history), but he also recovered a fumbled punt.