Before Sunday, Carey hadn't missed a game since his rookie season of 2004, the year the Dolphins drafted him in the first round out of the University of Miami.
Murtha, a Nebraska product and former Lions seventh-rounder, made his first NFL start in Carey's place and had his share of struggles while playing all 59 offensive snaps. At one point in the third quarter, Murtha gave up a sack and was flagged for holding (which was declined) in a three-play span.
Left tackle Jake Long, meanwhile, continues to play through painful knee and shoulder injuries that figure to require surgery at the end of the season. He is compromised, but the Dolphins can't do without him if they hope to get to 10-6 and a possible playoff berth.