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Wheeler cannot tackle without opposable thumb

Phillip Wheeler cannot tackle.

And as I type that sentence I'm certain several of you are conjuring jokes about the Dolphins linebacker, who last season struggled to cover, struggled to tackle, basically struggled throughout.

But the seriousness of the sentence is that, indeed, Wheeler is wearing a cast on his right hand to protect a thumb that he fractured (and perhaps had surgically repaired) and he has missed much of practice this week, including Thursday.

And even as Wheeler works some in practices, he's not tackling at all. And without a functioning opposable thumb on that right hand, he cannot tackle with that hand in Sunday's game against New England.

So I don't see how he plays on Sunday. And even if he is the gutsy guy who goes out there with a club-sized cast covering his hand, I don't see how he will be able to tackle with only one hand.

Nope, it's time for Plan B.

Call in Jelani Jenkins. Call in Jason Trusnik.

It would be surprising to see Wheeler be effective on Sunday. It would be surprising to see him at all.