PHILADELPHIA–The likely projected opening day starting lineup for the Dolphins will be on the field tonight against the Eagles.
After a rough first month or so, the team’s stayed mostly healthy over the past week and will be able to treat tonight like a dry run for the regular season.
Here’s a look at who’s in and who’s out as Miami faces Philadelphia:
–These players are out: linebacker Neville Hewitt (shoulder), safety Walt Aikens (back), cornerback Jordan Lucas, linebacker Brandon Watts, offensive lineman Kraig Urbik (knee), tight end Chris Pantale (concussion). Wide receiver Rashawn Scott has been out the entirety of the preseason.
–Mike Pouncey, who hasn’t played an NFL game since November, will start at center.
–Surrounding Pouncey, the Dolphins will have left tackle Laremy Tunsil, left guard Anthony Steen, right guard Jermon Bushrod and Ja’Wuan James. James is playing through a shoulder injury.
–Left guard remains one of the few unsettled starting jobs for the Dolphins. Jesse Davis had been there with the first string the past week, and Jake Brendel is a candidate as well.
–Jay Cutler is expected to play the entire first half and could get some snaps at the beginning of the third quarter as well.
–All of the main skill players will suit up, including injured receivers Jakeem Grant and Leonte Carroo, as well as recently cleared running back Kenyan Drake (concussion).
–Defensively, Nate Allen remains the starting safety.
–The Dolphins will go with Kiko Alonso, Lawrence Timmons and Mike Hull as their starting linebackers. Veteran Rey Maualuga, who signed last weekend, is not dressed for the game. He doesn’t even have a jersey number.
–Fifth-round pick Davon Godchaux remains a first-string defensive tackle ahead of Jordan Phillips. The rest of the starting d-line is Cameron Wake, Ndamukong Suh and Andre Branch.
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