The Dolphins will begin preparing for Baltimore with health concerns at two key positions: center and defensive tackle.
Center Mike Pouncey’s foot injury, sustained in the first quarter against the Jets, isn’t as serious as some feared, but his status for Sunday remains in question.
“It’s better than I thought it would be,” interim coach Dan Campbell said. “He’s day to day. We are going to need another center in the building.”
Because the Dolphins have released all of their veteran backup centers over the past four months (Sam Brenner, J.D. Walton, Jacques McClendon), rookie guard Jamil Douglas was needed to play center Sunday and repeatedly had problems snapping the ball.
Douglas said Monday he had played only three snaps at center in a game — in October against Houston. He said his snapping issues Sunday surprised him because it hadn’t happened at practice.
Campbell expressed faith in Douglas but said Ryan Tannehill might play more under center, instead of the shotgun, if Pouncey is sidelined again Sunday against the Ravens.
Meanwhile, every Dolphins defensive tackle except Ndamukong Suh is injured. Campbell said Earl Mitchell and C.J. Mosley are “day to day” with calf injuries. Mosley was in a walking boot Monday.
Defensive tackle Jordan Phillips had his arm in a sling on Monday but said the injury to his AC joint will not sideline him against Baltimore.
Campbell indicated receiver Rishard Matthews is “less likely” to play Sunday because of cracked ribs.
With Matthews limited to three snaps on Sunday, DeVante Parker played 58 after logging just 117 in the first 10 games. He caught four passes for 80 yards, including his first NFL touchdown.
“He was shaky at first,” Campbell said. “He did some things late in the game. Did a heck of a job on the touchdown. His technique has to be spot on. This isn’t Louisville anymore. He’s going to be better for it moving forward.”
▪ Campbell said he’s considering lineup changes but declined to elaborate.