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Dolphins Guard Josh Sitton out for the remainder of the season

9/14/2018 7:52:32 AM
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Miami Dolphins starting left guard Josh Sitton is out for the remainder of the season, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

Sitton tore a rotator cuff in the second half of Sunday’s 27-20 victory over the Tennessee Titans and will require surgery to fix the tear, according to a league source.

The Dolphins will replace Sitton in the starting lineup with Ted Larsen, who took almost all the practice work at left guard throughout training camp on days Sitton was held out to rest. Larsen will start on Sunday against the New York Jets.

Sitton, 32, previously had issues with his right shoulder. A source said this injury was on the opposite side.

Neither the Dolphins nor Sitton are absolutely certain when the injury happened. It seems the player felt a strain on one play, continued playing and later took a hit, which may have completed the tearing of the rotator cuff. A key frustration for the Dolphins is that Sitton was actually on special teams when he initially hurt himself.

When Sitton learned of his diagnosis, he asked about playing anyway. Doctors told him he could try but that would expose him to further damage that surgery eventually could not repair, making it a career-threatening injury.

So the decision was made to shut down Sitton. He will go on injured reserve.

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