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After a healthy preseason, Miami Dolphins lose a starter just days before the opener

Adam Gase is ready for the regular season

Miami Dolphins Head Coach Adam Gase talks to the media about the start of the regular season after practice at their training facility in Davie on Sunday, September 2, 2018, in preparation for their home opener game against the Titans on Sunday.
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Miami Dolphins Head Coach Adam Gase talks to the media about the start of the regular season after practice at their training facility in Davie on Sunday, September 2, 2018, in preparation for their home opener game against the Titans on Sunday.

The Dolphins lost a starter just four days before the start of the season.

MarQueis Gray, who was listed as the Dolphins’ starting tight end, suffered an Achilles tendon injury in practice Wednesday. The Dolphins placed him on injured reserve Thursday. He is out for the season, Adam Gase confirmed.

The Dolphins filled the roster spot by bringing back veteran tight end Gavin Escobar, who was in camp with the Dolphins but did not make the 53-man roster.

With Gray out, it would presumably mean more action for A.J. Derby, who was Gray’s backup. The Dolphins also have two rookies — Mike Gesicki and Durham Smythe — at that position. While listed as third team, Gesicki was expected to play extensively even with Gray on the roster.

Gray was injured during practice Wednesday during a one-on-one drill. It was a non-contact injury, Gase said.

Wide receiver Jakeem Grant has cleared the concussion protocol and is on track to play Sunday. Running back Frank Gore got a rest day off from practice Thursday. DeVante Parker remains out with a broken finger.

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