Count on Dallas Thomas!
The club has decided that if Jason Fox is unable to play in Saturday's preseason game against Atlanta, Thomas will be asked to move to left tackle from his left guard position. He would protect Ryan Tannehill's blind side.
And, yes, Tannehill is expected to play Saturday.
(Even though I think that's unwise).
By the way, the chances of Fox playing are dimming by the day. He missed practice for the second consecutive day while nursing a concussion.
Branden Albert is practicing this week and doing so at full speed, including today's padded practice. But he is not expected to play Saturday night, barring a significant change in internal plans. This despite the fact Albert told The Herald's Adam Beasley that he feels good one day after practicing full on Tuesday.
With Thomas expected to play at left tackle with the starting unit, obviously the Dolphins need a starting left guard. And that will be Jamil Douglas.
Interestingly, at a time most teams are trying to nail down their offensive line and build cohesion, the Dolphins are moving things around more than they did earlier in the preseason.
It is likely Thomas would be asked to go back to left guard when Albert is ready to play in the regular-season or when Fox returns from his concussion.
By the way, Dallas Thomas yielded seven sacks while playing at right tackle last season, per ProFootballFocus.com. He played only five games at right tackle.