- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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DAVIE, Fla. – The Miami Dolphins may have to play without starting defensive tackle Paul Soliai against the Atlanta Falcons. Soliai didn’t participate in Miami’s first practice of the week on Tuesday after suffering a knee injury during the Dolphins' win this past Sunday at Indianapolis.
Soliai’s status remains up in the air. Fortunately for Miami, the Dolphins are deep at the position. Randy Starks, who was a Pro Bowler last season, will get the start Sunday if Soliai cannot play. Starks lost his starting job to Jared Odrick this offseason and could get his first start of the season.
“You can’t replace a guy like Paul Soliai,” Starks said. “So everybody is going to have to pull their own weight and do a little extra to win.”
Soliai is Miami’s best run stuffer. He got his leg caught in a pile in the second half of the 24-20 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
Speaking of running the ball, the Falcons reportedly will be without starting tailback Steven Jackson for the next 2-to-4 weeks with a thigh injury. Despite Soliai's status, Jackson’s absence could be big for Miami's front seven on defense.