Report: Bryant McKinnie expected to start

The Miami Dolphins are expected to start new offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie Sunday against the New England Patriots, the Miami Herald reports.

McKinnie was acquired in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens on Monday and only had three practices to learn Miami’s new offense. However, the Dolphins (3-3) are desperate enough on the offensive line to make the quick switch.

McKinnie is projected to start at left tackle, which is a position he’s played his entire career, while Jonathan Martin moves to the right side. Embattled offensive tackle Tyson Clabo, who has allowed eight sacks this year, will head to the bench.

This is a risky move for Miami. The Dolphins have lost three straight games and are shifting two key pieces of the offensive line on short notice. Miami’s pass protection has been awful this season, and on Sunday the team loses a lot of continuity up front. The noise at Gillette Stadium also won’t help matters in terms of communication.

McKinnie, 34, is a former Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion. He will have a big responsibility protecting the blind side of quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The Dolphins have allowed 26 sacks in six games.