Miami Dolphins trying to replace injured guard Ted Larsen

Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore motions to a teammate during the first half against the Buffalo Bills as Kraig Urbik prepares to snap the ball. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

DAVIE — With starting guard Ted Larsen likely sidelined for at least a few weeks into the regular season with a bicep injury, the Dolphins on Friday used Kraig Urbik at guard and Anthony Steen at center, with rookie Isaac Asiata rotating in at guard.

“At any given point in the season, someone could go down with an injury and you’re the starter for the rest of the year, so you prepare that way,” Urbik said. “You have to prepare every week, every game like you’re going to be the starter. They could go in the first play of the game, get hurt and you’re in for the rest of the season. So if you’re not prepared for that, you’re not doing your job.”

Urbik started six games for the Dolphins last season and has 63 starts in his career.

Asiata believes he is also competing to start.

“That competitiveness brings the best out of people,” Asiata said. “Everybody’s trying to fight for that left guard spot. Everything’s open. For me, I’ve just got to show up every day and give everything I’ve got.”

Asiata also acknowledged he’s learning on the fly.

“There’s still a lot I’ve got to grasp,” Asiata said. “It’s like taking a drink from a fire hose. You’re trying to just collect it in, settle and work on your game. (Offensive line) coach (Chris) Foerster has been doing a good job, especially with the vets to help me settle in, know my stuff and be able to work on my technique in practice.”

This week, Foerster said Jake Brendel and Jesse Davis are also in the mix at guard.

Foerster detailed how the Dolphins are focused on linemen who can move their feet quickly, which fits into their preferred zone run blocking schemes.

“We’re not a team that’s going to be holding the ball at seven steps and standing up there where you need guys who are going to be able to anchor for three or four (seconds),” Foerster said. “We’ve got guys who are going to stay in front of people, mirror them, we’re going to get the ball out quick and we’re going to make people run with our athletic ability.”

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