With defensive tackle Christian Wilkins and linebacker Kyle Van Noy placed on the COVID-19 reserve list after either testing positive on Thursday or being exposed to someone who tested positive, the Dolphins will be forced to play without two of their top defensive starters.

Wilkins, the Dolphins’ 2019 first-round pick, has started 20 of the 24 games he’s played in during his first two seasons, contributing 28 tackles and one sack.

He’ll be the second defensive line starter the Dolphins will be forced to play without. Davon Godchaux was placed on injured reserve last month with a biceps injury.

Defensive lineman Zach Sieler and rookie defensive tackle Raekwon Davis are expected to start against the Chargers. Miami could be forced to call up Benito Jones or Nick Coe, or both, from the practice squad to serve as their backups on the inside of Miami’s defensive line because they are the only traditional defensive tackles.

As for Van Noy, it’s likely that Miami will compensate for his absence by using Andrew Van Ginkel and Sam Eguavoen as his replacement. Both second-year players have held contributing roles as Miami’s outside linebacker.

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