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“Yes, we faced a lot of distractions,” quarterback Ryan Tannehill said, “but leading up to this game, the last few days I’ve had a good feeling that the guys were ready to play.”

A bigger factor might have been the absence of two starters in a line that was already lousy. At Tampa, the Dolphins netted a franchise record-low 2 yards in 14 carries.

That’s 5.1 inches per carry. At that rate, they would need 71 carries to get a first down.

“Five inches?” offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said. “That’s disheartening.”

Nate Garner whiffed on several blocks filling in for Incognito at left guard, and no one on the line seemed to get any push downfield.

“Not a good job by us,” right tackle Tyson Clabo said.

There are plenty of other issues. Run defense is supposedly the team’s strength, but Miami allowed 140 yards on the ground against the injury-riddled Bucs, whose fourth-string running back scored the decisive touchdown. The Dolphins have sunk to 25th in the league in run defense.

Tannehill played well but misfired on a long pass to an open Mike Wallace, who was targeted seven times and totaled 15 yards.

The $60 million receiver still has only one touchdown this season. First-round pick Dion Jordan was also a non-factor again at linebacker, playing only nine snaps on defense.

While the scoreboard in Tampa argued otherwise, Tannehill said the harassment case unified the team. He predicted the Dolphins will yet bounce back.

“I feel like we’ve really come together over this adversity,” he said. “This could’ve gone two ways: Guys could split up and take sides by dividing the locker room, or we could come together. …

“Life is full of adversity. Not everyone deals with a situation like this, but you have to be able to face it. The old adage: As many times a horse knocks you off, you get back on. That’s the mentality I have, and that’s the mentality I think this team has, and we’ve just got to keep going.”

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