The Dolphins, sans Armstead, faced the 49ers with relief tackles; SF’s Nick Bosa Goes on a Sack Trip – The Denver Post


When the Miami Dolphins officially ruled left tackle Terron Armstead out ahead of their game against the 49ers on Sunday, it meant they would face San Francisco’s top-ranked defense and star passing thrower Nick Bosa with the tackles of relief Brandon Shell and Greg Little.

Armstead’s chest strain, combined with right tackle Austin Jackson already ruled out on Friday with his ankle injury, put the Shell-Little combination first in the game.

The Dolphins started Shell at right tackle with Little on the left side, and they generally held up well against the 49ers’ pass rush — but Bosa finished with three sacks and a forced fumble that led to a touchdown.

“I think they did a good job because it’s a tough, tough job,” McDaniel said. “There will be things I will learn from that I could have done a better job with them, but for the most part I think they really performed and rose to the challenge.”

Center Connor Williams said: “I’m proud of how everyone stepped up.”

Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, however, often looked flustered in the pocket, throwing inaccurately even when he had time.

Only one of Bosa’s three sacks could be attributed to tackles. This one came against Shell, and it sealed the victory for the 49ers. Bosa forced a fumble that was recovered by linebacker Dre Greenlaw and returned for a touchdown.

Bosa, a former St. Thomas Aquinas standout, got his first sack early in the second quarter when the Dolphins went for the pass in third-and-inches. Running back Jeff Wilson Jr. was left alone to deal with Bosa after a false play against him and a chip on Bosa by fullback Alec Ingold. Miami settled for a field goal after the 8-yard loss.

Bosa got his second at the end of the first half, when he broke free on a stunt, starting with the left tackle and then sliding into the A gap between the center and the right guard.

He also hit Tagovailoa once in the first quarter just after the Dolphins quarterback threw a pass to an open Jaylen Waddle in the middle but ended up being slightly underhanded, where linebacker Fred Warner could deflect him into his area. In the third quarter, Bosa driving to Tagovailoa backfired as he was flagged for roughing up the passer, hitting the quarterback low and late after a completion at Tyreek Hill.

Shell and Little each have more career experience at the respective positions they played on Sunday.

Shell looked more comfortable filling in the right tackle than when playing on the left. Each has been forced into action in both positions this season.

“Imagine if you’re right-handed and you write with your left hand,” Shell shared of the difference he felt earlier this week. “You’re not feeling too well. You can do it, but you don’t feel very well.

“Wherever the coach needs me and when he needs me I have to be ready,” Little said this week, adding that he was more confident about his left tackle game at the start of the season, but that he now feels his game on the right side has pulled even with experience. won there this year.

Little had four starts at right tackle from Weeks 2-5 this season when Jackson initially suffered a sprained ankle. Following Armstead’s toe injury that caused him to miss the Oct. 16 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, Shell started at right tackle with Little on the left after, when Armstead originally left the Oct. 9 game at the New York Jets, Shell entered on the left side.

When Armstead returned for the Pittsburgh Steelers on Oct. 23, Shell held on to the starting right tackle role until Jackson’s return last week against the Houston Texans, filling in nicely.

While Armstead and Jackson started together for the first time since Week 1 against Houston, Armstead went out for the first time just before halftime with chest pain while Jackson made his exit in the fourth quarter, aggravating the ankle injury from which he had just returned.

Armstead’s absence against the Texans immediately caused problems for Tagovailoa, who was sacked four times between the end of the first half and his two third-quarter practices before the Dolphins sat him down with a lead. of 30-6 in hand.

The 49ers have wide receiver Deebo Samuel (quads) and left tackle Trent Williams (back) playing after the two entered questionable.

The 49ers defense also picked up defensive tackle Arik Armstead for the first time since Week 4.

Armstead went into doubt with the chest strain and toe injury that has persisted since Miami’s opener. He was among seven inactive Dolphins announced 90 minutes before the 4:05 p.m. kickoff at Levi’s Stadium.

Dolphins quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and running back Myles Gaskin were also ruled out before the game after their questionable entries on Sunday.

Inactive for the Healthy Dolphins were cornerback Noah Igbinoghene, wide receiver Erik Ezukanma and tight end Hunter Long.

To help with offensive line depth, the Dolphins elevated linemen Kenall Lamm and James Empey from the practice squad to the game-day roster on Saturday.

Outings from Garoppolo

49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo left Sunday’s game in the first quarter. He was ruled out for the game with a foot injury and is now out for the season.

San Francisco backup quarterback Brock Purdy came in for Garoppolo to start the second offensive series.

Garoppolo was carried off the field and into Levi’s Stadium just before training began. The 49ers’ first series ended on a sack where Garoppolo’s left foot/ankle was wrapped as he was sacked by Dolphins linebackers Jaelan Phillips and Jerome Baker. Niners quarterback Trey Lance is on injured reserve.

For the Dolphins, wide receiver Jaylen Waddle was doubtful to return with a leg injury suffered in the second quarter. He had gone to the locker room but was back on the sidelines for Miami before halftime, then returned to start the second half.

Linebacker Elandon Roberts was doubtful to return at halftime with a calf injury, but was also back for the second half.



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