Reporting Tim Kephart
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DAVIE (CBSMiami) – The Miami Dolphins will be without a huge piece in the middle of its defense when the Atlanta Falcons come to town on Sunday.
Dolphins defensive tackle Paul Soliai was ruled out of this Sunday’s home opener along with cornerback Dimitri Patterson.
The Dolphins also listed safety Chris Clemons, center Mike Pouncey, wide receiver Mike Wallace, and linebacker Koa Misi as questionable for the game. All four are key starters for the Dolphins.
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill was listed as probable for the Falcons game as were cornerbacks Jamar Taylor and Will Davis, along with Dion Jordan, guard John Jerry, and defensive end Olivier Vernon.
On the other side of the ball, the Falcons have lost defensive end Kroy Biermann and linebacker Sean Weatherspoon for most of the season. The Falcons will also be without running back Steven Jackson and left tackle Sam Baker.
The loss of Baker could be crucial for the Falcons. If Jordan and Vernon both play for the Dolphins, expect the Fins to blitz early and often against the Falcons’ offensive line.
The Falcons’ new starting left tackle, Lamar Holmes, has played three NFL games and it’s his first start at left tackle, according to Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.