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LT Laremy Tunsil’s health huge factor for Dolphins Sunday

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The Dolphins were back on the practice field Wednesday preparing for the Chicago Bears to visit Hard Rock Stadium. And while it’s a lengthy injury list for Miami in this match-up, probably the most important name on it doesn’t belong to a skill position player.

Yes it’s a big deal that both veteran defensive ends Robert Quinn and Cameron Wake we’re not able to practice Wednesday. Yes, there’s also curiosity as to what’s going on with wide receiver DeVante Parker, who’s battled a broken finger and now a quad injury. However, the most important injury probably for this week is in the concussion protocol. That’s offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil who’s still going through the process of trying to be ready to play for Sunday’s game.

It was a good sign that the former number 1 pick out of Ole Miss was on the practice field in Davie yesterday, albeit limited, while still in the protocol. Tunsil suffered the concussion in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s meltdown loss 27 – 17 in Cincinnati.

And it’s also not a coincidence, that Miami’s pass protection began to unravel at that point in the game. The Bengals defensive line got not one but two game-changing turnover touchdowns in the 4th quarter, in large part because the line could not protect QB Ryan Tannehill.

Now we come to Sunday’s matchup and tunsil, who if he’s able to be out there, facing one of the most fearsome pass-rushers in pro football right now. The Bears Khalil Mack has terrorized Chicago’s first four opponents and has five sacks, three tackles for loss and an NFL leading four forced fumbles in those games.

While Tunsil would not be on Mack the entire time, as he moves to both ends to rush the quarterback, he would be going against the former Raiders number one pick for a lot of the game.

As you probably know, the Raiders very famously traded Mack to Chicago on the eve of the season, and the Bears gave him a massive contract to solidify their defense.

And, Mack has arguably been the most valuable player in the league through the first month of the season with the way he is energized Chicago and gotten them to a 3 – 1 start

The next 24 to 48 hours will be important to see if Tunsil does clear the concussion protocol, and that will be a good sign that at least some of the time they have a chance to get Mack blocked on Sunday.

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