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Dolphins answer surprise Tunsil-Albert inactives with a surprise decision

So the starting left side of the Miami Dolphins offensive line today will be Billy Turner at left tackle and Dallas Thomas at left guard.

Think about that.

The Dolphins were dealt a tough situation this morning when starting left guard Laremy Tunsil and starting left tackle Branden Albert were unable to play. The Dolphins expected both players to start as late as this morning.

But Albert never turned the corner on an illness that was bothering him and kept him out of practice most of the week. So in the heat, he would have been incapable of staying on the field. His inactive status, I'm told, had nothing to do with his ankle injury.

Tunsil, meanwhile, hurt his ankle while preparing for the game this morning.

And when that surprise situation became apparent, the Dolphins had a decision to make.

They opted to put Turner at left tackle even though he has not started an NFL game at left tackle in his career.

The coaching staff, I'm told, decided that Turner was a better option than moving Jermon Bushrod, who has started at left tackle all his career until this season. Bushrod would have moved right guard to left tackle. The team also decided not to move Ja'Wuan James from right tackle to left tackle even though that is exactly what he did in 2014 when Albert was lost for the season with a knee injury.

The thinking, I'm told, is that Turner started 30 games at left tackle in college at North Dakota State and putting him there would be better than disrupting the right side of the offensive line.

Turner will be responsible for blocking Brian Orakpo much of the day. He will get help from tight ends and backs.

We'll see how the logic the coaching staff used to cover two surprise inactives this morning works out.

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