Carey Shelved

That knee injury Vernon Carey aggravated against the Browns — it has been bothering him all year — was serious enough to end his season. Carey has been placed on injured reserve, the Dolphins announced Tuesday, leaving second-year man Lydon Murtha (and possibly rookie John Jerry) to fill Carey's spot at right tackle.

Carey was inactive for Sunday's 10-6 win at the Jets, ending his streak of 104 consecutive regular-season games and 87 consecutive regular-season starts. Only seven Dolphins have had longer streaks of games played, and Carey is tied with former Dolphins safety Dick Anderson for seventh in consecutive starts.

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.


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