DAVIE, Florida - Miami Dolphins starting guard Seth McKinney will be sidelined for at least the first six weeks of the regular season.
The team confirmed on Friday that McKinney underwent a cervical spine stabilization procedure and is expected to be sidelined two to three months.
The Dolphins will place McKinney on the physically-unable-to-perform list in September, making him eligible to return in mid-October
McKinney, 27, was the full-time starter at center the last two seasons, but Dolphins coach Nick Saban shifted him to guard and moved Rex Hadnot to the middle.
A third-round pick in 2002, McKinney started five games in his first two seasons at center and guard before winning the center job in 2004.