Vernon Carey substantial loss for Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins have one of the NFL's best sets of bookend tackles.

They must hope the right side doesn't collapse now that Vernon Carey has been placed on another shelf.

The Dolphins put Carey on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday, a major blow to their tiny playoff hopes. Carey didn't play in Sunday's victory over the New York Jets because of a knee injury. The Jets sacked Chad Henne five times. The Dolphins gained 131 of total offense.

Lydon Murtha replaced Carey against the Jets and is expected to keep the job. The Dolphins will host the Buffalo Bills on Sunday in Miami Gardens.

The Dolphins signed receiver Kevin Curtis to help a receiving corps that lost Brian Hartline to hand surgery last week.

Curtis played only three games with the Philadelphia Eagles last year because of a knee injury and later underwent treatment for testicular cancer. His best season was in 2007, when he caught 77 passes for 1,110 yards and six touchdowns.