Each week, SB Nation asks each of the NFL team sites a question for us to answer, setting up a collection of similar stories on each site. This week’s question is, “Which one player could your team not afford to lose?” So, who is it for the Miami Dolphins?
The Dolphins have suffered plenty of injuries this year, starting with Ryan Tannehill’s knee and working through what feels like most of the roster. It is hard, at this point, to come up with the player that the team can least afford to lose, simply because they have already lost so many players. The injured reserve list currently includes Tannehill, Nate Allen, Lamin Barrow, Isaiah Ford, William Hayes, Ja’Wuan James, Tony Lippett, Raekwon McMillan, Koa Misi, and Anthony Steen.
Who would break the Dolphins at this point?
There are a few candidates. Kenyan Drake would be a hard loss to absorb, especially with fellow running back Damien Williams banged up. Losing quarterback Jay Cutler now would be harsh, but the Dolphins have seen that happen twice this year already, so maybe they would be able to overcome it. So much of the offense goes through wide receiver Jarvis Landry, that he might be the right answer for this week’s question.
I think, however, the answer I will give is on the Defensive side of the ball. I’ll select defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. The five-time Pro Bowl player dominates the middle of the line of scrimmage, allowing Jordan Phillips as the other defensive tackle, along with defensive ends Cameron Wake, Andre Branch, and Charles Harris to create pressure from the sides. Suh continues to show why he is among the best interior defensive linemen in the league, and he really sets the tone for the defense.
Who do you think is the right person?