The Dolphins’ path to the No. 1 pick just got a little rockier.
Their Week 10 opponent, the Indianapolis Colts, will be on their third quarterback of the season Sunday.
The Colts on Saturday ruled Jacoby Brissett (knee) out of the Dolphins game. Career backup Brian Hoyer will start against Miami.
And Hoyer is only on the team because Andrew Luck retired just days before the start of the season.
He filled in last week after Brissett sprained his MCL midway through the Colts’ loss to the Steelers, completing 17 of 26 passes for 168 yards and three touchdowns. Hoyer did that despite not taking a single first-team snap in practice last week.
The Colts were hopeful Brissett would be healthy enough to play, but decided to give him at least a week off to heal.
The news, announced by the Colts Saturday afternoon, did not immediately move the betting lines in Miami’s favor. The Colts were still favored by 11 points in most lines some 45 minutes after the decision to sit Brissett was made public.
The Dolphins are suddenly no sure bet to pick first or even second in next year’s draft. After beating the Jets for the first win of the season, they dropped to the No. 4 spot in the draft after Week 9’s games, and are one of six teams with seven or more losses.
According to Football Outsiders, they are no longer even the favorites to pick first. The winless Bengals are now most likely to finish with the league’s worst record (at 35.7 percent). The Dolphins have the second-best chance of picking first (32.5 percent).
More bad news for tankers: Colts cornerback Pierre Desir has been downgraded to doubtful for Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury.