Jake Long injury: Dolphins LT could miss rest of December

Joel Auerbach

Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jake Long missed most of Sunday's game with an arm injury and could be out for the rest of December. Who will step in if Long can't play?

Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jake Long could be out for the remainder of December with an arm injury, according to the Sun-Sentinel. Long injured his left triceps in the first quarter of Sunday's 23-16 loss against the New England Patriots. An MRI will be performed on Monday to look at how significant the injury is.

Long has dealt with arm injuries before, having missed the remainder of December last year after he tore his right bicep. If Long is out for a significant stretch, Jonathan Martin, who started the last 11 games at left tackle, will likely play in place of Long. Martin filled in for Long after his injury last season. Despite playing most of this season at right tackle, Martin thinks he'll be able to play well at left tackle right away:

"It has been a while, but it is like riding a bike. I haven't practiced there all season, but it's just about waking your muscles up and remembering how it feels."

Long is an unrestricted free agent after this season. The Dolphins do have the option to use the franchise tag on him, guaranteeing a $15 million salary next season.

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