The Miami Dolphins started newly acquired offensive lineman Bryant McKinnie at left tackle in Sunday's game against the New England Patriots.
McKinnie, a 12-year veteran, replaced Jonathan Martin. Martin, the team's 2012 second-round pick, returned to the right tackle spot he started the first 10 games of the 2012 season.
Martin replaces Tyson Clabo, who has allowed eight sacks in his six starts. The last two came in the fourth quarter of Miami's 23-21 loss to the Bills, and led to a fumble that cost the Dolphins the lead.
McKinnie, a former University of Miami standout the Dolphins acquired from Baltimore for a conditional late-round pick this week, practiced on a limited basis all week because of a right knee injury. He stared his 153rd NFL game against New England.
Clabo was active for Sunday's game. Will Yeatman was inactive for the first time this season. Also inactive was offensive guards Dallas Thomas and Danny Watkins.
Cornerbacks Jamar Taylor and Will Davis, the Dolphins' second and third round picks, tailback Mike Gillislee, another rookie, and quarterback Pat Devlin were the other inactives for Miami.
The only members of the Dolphins' 2013 draft class that's playing against the Patriots are Dion Jordan, the team's first rounder, tight end Dion Sims and linebacker Jelani Jenkins, who are both fourth-rounders, kicker Caleb Sturgis, a fifth-round selections, and safety Don Jones, the team's seventh-round pick.
New England played without starting cornerback Aqib Talib, who sat out last last Sunday's game because of a hip injury. However, the offense got back slot receiver Danny Amendola, who has played three games this season because of groin and concussion issues.
Amendola has caught 16 passes for 159 yards before today's game against the Dolphins. Miami used cornerback Dimitri Patterson to defend Wes Welker's replacement.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun