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As we said, Miami could be facing one of, if not the, most dominant teams this week when it travels to San Francisco. While the 49ers are solid in their all-around game, the Fins will be trying to fill some holes this Sunday, namingly in the offensive line. This group that has remained solid all year and had the same starters for the first 12 games of the season suddenly finds itself without its core member, as Jake Long was officially put on the Injured Reserve list Tuesday with a torn tricep in his left arm. The injury occurred during the first quarter of the New England Patriots game last Sunday.
In his place, rookie Jonathan Martin will be filling in for Long, as he did after the injury forced him out of the game. Martin, who is a rookie, played right tackle this year for Miami, but the left tackle position is one that he knows well from his collegiate days at Stanford. Filling Martin’s absence at right tackle will be Nate Garner.
“I feel pretty darn comfortable,” Martin told reporters after practice Wednesday. “I played that position for a long time in college, so I feel good.”
Martin, who said he feels just as good at left tackle now as he did before he made the switch to right in the NFL, will be facing a daunting defense in his first professional start at the left tackle position. The man he will be lining up against Sunday, Aldon Smith, currently leads the NFL in sacks with 17.5 on the year. However, he feels that playing against Cameron Wake every day in practice has prepared him for this very moment.
In addition to putting Long on the Reserve/Injured list, Miami also waived defensive back Anderson Russell and signed offensive tackle Patrick Brown and safety Tyrone Culver.