Marcel Louis Jacquesespn3 minutes to read
Armstead left Sunday’s 48-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills in the second quarter after being rolled over and did not return. McDaniel said after the game that he didn’t think the injury was a “re-aggravation of anything” but said on Monday that his return was a matter of “weeks, not days.”
McDaniel said Armstead “will play again this season,” although it is unclear when he will return.
The Dolphins signed the starting left tackle to a 5-year, $75 million contract last season after spending the first nine years of his career with the New Orleans Saints. He was named to his fourth Pro Bowl last season but missed four games with a toe injury he suffered in Week 1.
Armstead underwent surgery on his left knee in the offseason and missed the team’s OTA and minicamp practices before returning to training camp. He injured his left leg during a joint practice with the Houston Texans in August, keeping him out of the first two games of the 2023 regular season.
Kendall Lamm will slot in at left tackle for Armstead until he can return, McDaniel said.
Despite Armstead missing two of the first four games, the Dolphins have mostly been successful in protecting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, allowing five sacks through four games — four of which came in Sunday’s loss to the Bills.
They will face a Giants defense that ranks fifth in pass rush win rate (54.4%) but 31st in sack rate (2.15%). Their Week 6 opponent, the Carolina Panthers, ranks fourth in sacks per pass attempt (10.91%), but it’s unclear if Armstead will be ready to return by then.
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