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Dolphins hope for better pass protection Sunday

Wednesday - 10/2/2013, 3:50pm  ET

STEVEN WINE
AP Sports Writer

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) -- Too often this season, Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey has turned around at the end of a play only to find Ryan Tannehill sprawled on the turf.

Pouncey says if Tannehill keeps getting hit at the current rate, he won't last too long.

While better pass protection might keep the quarterback healthy, it would also likely make the offense more robust. Tannehill has been sacked 18 times this season, more than any other player in the NFL, and hits have contributed to at least half of his eight turnovers.

He could feel plenty of pressure Sunday when Miami (3-1) plays defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore (2-2). The Ravens have 13 sacks for 100 yards, ranking fourth in the league in the latter category.

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