MIAMI GARDENS - Dolphins weakside linebacker Kevin Burnett was a late-minute scratch for the exhibition opener against Tampa Bay.
Burnett participated in team's warm up but left the field before stretching concluded and was escorted by a trainer.
The injury has not been specified, but Burnett had a compression sleeve on his left leg in practice this week. He also underwent arthroscopic surgery on that same leg in the offseason.
Burnett, whose 106 stops last season make him the Dolphins top returning tackler, was replaced by Gary Guyton, a four-year veteran the Dolphins signed as a free agent this offseason.
Guyton served as a starter until the first-team unit was pulled midway through the second quarter.
But Burnett wasn't the only Dolphins player who suffered an injury Friday night.