Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Nate Garner underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery Wednesday morning and is expected to be out two to three weeks, according to a tweet from the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson. NFL.com reporter Jeff Darlington tweeted that Garner "hurt his shoulder bad" on Monday during training camp.
The loss marks another blow to a Dolphins offensive line that has been without guard John Jerry since the first week of camp because of an ailing knee. Earlier this week, Miami's head coach Joe Philbin acknowledged that Garner, who is one of the Dolphins' most versatile reserves because of his ability to play at virtually every position but center, was a "contender" for the right guard spot in Jerry's absence. Last season, Garner started four games at right tackle.
Garner, who will likely be a reserve at both guard and tackle when he returns, is expected to be ready for Week 1 when the Dolphins travel to Cleveland to play the Browns on Sept. 8.