The medial collateral ligament sprain
During that time Dolphins executives and coaches will be scrambling for solutions to fix a unit that was already depleted by injury, and lacked depth.
Long's usual backup,
Murtha continues to sit out practice with the hopes that his foot, which isn't in a walking boot, will heal. But the uncertainly of his recovery has the team scrambling for quality backups.
Considering Long and Murtha aren't expected to play against Dallas on Wednesday it is possible Martin, who has allowed three sacks during the exhibition season, could be forced to start at left tackle in the final preseason game.
The Dolphins realize the line shuffles are only temporary fixes to the roster's thinnest unit.
Before Long's injury coach Joe Philbin had already expressed concerns about the unit's depth, admitting he wasn't comfortable with the caliber of the team's backups.
While Jerry, who showed up to training camp at 360 pounds, has played well in games against Carolina and Atlanta, Philbin admitted the coaching staff doesn't know if they can rely on the former third-round pick.
Considering there isn't a clear cut answer on how long it will take Long to recover from his sprain it is possible that Miami could be forced to claim a few offensive tackles and guards off the waiver wire. The alternative is to keep a few players who normally wouldn't make it to the team's 53-man roster.