Earlier this week, I told you my choice for the Dolphins offensive line to start the regular season. I told you, Laremy Tunsil should be the starting left guard and Jermon Bushrod should be the starting right guard. That's my offensive line.
Tonight that is also the Dolphins starting offensive line.
Coach Adam Gase will start Tunsil, the team's first round draft pick, at left guard for the first time this season. Bushrod, who has been getting mostly second-team snaps since the start of training camp, has combined a good outing against the New York Giants last week and more improvement during the last week of practice to get the call at right guard.
The change means that Dallas Thomas and Billy Turner, the starting guard combination since the start of training camp and the starters last week in New York, will play in later in the game against the Cowboys.
It seemed only a matter of time before this move was made, particularly with Tunsil.
I don't see any turning back now that this is the case, barring Tunsil absolutely melting down somehow -- which is not likely to happen. One of the things coach Adam Gase is measuring with Tunsil is his confidence and the worst thing for a young player's confidence is promoting him and then demoting him.
At running back, Jay Ajayi started for the Dolphins but Arian Foster will play.
In other lineup news, defensive end Cameron Wake is being kept out of tonight's game. It is a coach's decision. The Dolphins had expected to play all their defensive veterans, but have apparently decided to play it safe with Wake, who is recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon and the surgery to repair it which ended his 2015 season prematurely.
The other scratches were expected: Xavien Howard, Kenyan Drake, Chimdi Chekwa, and Earl Mitchell.
I've reported Howard and Chekwa will be back at practice next week, perhaps as early as Sunday.