The status of Miami Dolphins left tackle Laremy Tunsil could be a dramatic shift in who wins their week six game against the Chicago Bears
The Miami Dolphins have already lost two starting offensive lineman for the season at guard and center. Now, in the third game of their first five, they saw a lineman start, but not finish the game.
Laremy Tunsil left the game in the third quarter against the Bengals with a concussion. It called for the team to bring Sam Young off of the bench. Young was rough in his debut and allowed the pressure that ended the game with a Ryan Tannehill interception.
You could argue the Cincinnati Bengals fourth-quarter comeback started the second Laremy Tunsil left the game.
The Dolphins have not said whether they would start Young, or Zach Sterup, who was inactive on Sunday if Tunsil were to miss. Sterup is a traditional left tackle, while Young has versatility, which is why Sterup was inactive. However, all signs would point to him getting the nod.
Still, the fact of the matter is that the Dolphins offensive line is going to live and breath on the status of Tunsil. Both injuries on the Dolphins line are on the left when you consider center would be both sides. To lose three offensive linemen from left tackle, left guard to center would put a massive hole in the group.
Tunsil is easily the most formidable blocker on the line as well. So, with the weaker side of the group being the right side, and the left side banged up already, the importance of Tunsil is substantial.
Watching his health status this week is going to be one of the most significant factors of the week.