The struggling Miami Dolphins offensive line apparently has another problem on their hands.
Starting center Michael Deiter was not seen in training on Thursday during the open to media game, this after he appeared on the first injury report of the week with injuries listed as foot / quad. Because he was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday and played every snap against the Raiders, it’s possible (maybe even likely) that Dieter was injured in training and had to leave.
Based on the roster, it seems almost certain the replacement would be training camp acquisition Greg Mancz, as he’s the only one of four backing offensive linemen to start a game at the NFL center.
The Dolphins recovered Mancz during the offseason in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for a sixth-round pick in 2022, with Miami also securing a seventh-round selection in 2022.
For anyone wondering about the truly low price, know that Mancz was not slated to be part of the Ravens’ 53-player roster at the time of the trade on August 28.
Mancz played four games with the Houston Texans in 2020, all after being raised from the practice squad and then joined the Ravens’ practice squad in the playoffs.
By all appearances Deiter might actually have been the best offensive lineman on the team in the first three games – although that means exactly given the condition of the O-line …
For example, it was Deiter who got the highest marks on the offensive line from Pro Football Focus for the game against Las Vegas on Sunday.
If Deiter can’t play, that will mean a different starting fourth offensive line in four games for the 2021 Dolphins.
Liam Eichenberg started on left tackle in New England’s opener, but was replaced by Austin Jackson in week two against Buffalo. Then Eichenberg started on the right tackle and Jesse Davis moved on to left guard for the game against Las Vegas.
The problem is, the offensive line hasn’t been very effective in any of these games.