G Nate Garner

Money: Re-signed to a three-year, $4.875 million contract ($700K guaranteed)

Contribution: This six-year veteran has started two games at center, and will fill in as the starting left guard for the third time the season this Sunday.

Assessment: Garner's versatility makes him a survivor, which explains why the Dolphins re-signed him last offseason. (Carline Jean / Sun Sentinel / November 4, 2013)

DAVIE - The Miami Dolphins' starting left guard spot has been the most unsettled position all season, and it appears the unit must adjust to yet another change for the season finale against the New York Jets.

Nate Garner, the team's top reserve, has worked with the starting offensive line all week, and it appears the six-year veteran has unseated Sam Brenner for the starting left guard spot in Sunday's home game.

Garner initially replaced Richie Incognito, who has been suspended since early November because of the bullying scandal involving fellow offensive lineman Jonathan Martin. Garner was then moved to center for two games because of a Mike Pouncey illness, opening the door for Brenner, an undrafted rookie to prove himself for two games.

After Pouncey returned Garner was moved back to left guard, but Brenner outperformed him against the Steelers and held the starting spot the next two games.


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But Brenner's struggles against Buffalo's defensive line last week motivated the Dolphins to go back to Garner, and he's held the spot since.

Garner has started 18 games in his NFL career, and all of them have been for the Dolphins.

Ryan Tannehill practices, but limps

Dolphins starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill participating in his second straight practice despite suffering a left knee injury in Sunday's loss to the Bills. Tannehill had a knee sleeve on his injured left knee and his walk featured a mild limp.

Tannehill has started 31 straight games since the Dolphins selected him in the first-round of the 2012 draft. He's expected to start against the Jets unless there's a major setback.

Matt Moore, the Dolphins backup quarterback, played in last Sunday's loss to the Bills. He completed 2-of-6 passes for 53 yards. His two possessions ended with two interceptions.....

Dolphins tailback Daniel Thomas, who has been nursing a left knee injury, practiced on Thursday. But his participation was likely limited.