DAVIE (AP) - Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Vernon Carey is moving to guard after spending the past six seasons as a starter at tackle.
Carey lined up at his new position during practice Wednesday, and coach Tony Sparano said he's there to stay. The change makes newcomer Marc Colombo the favorite to start at Carey's old right tackle spot.
Pro Bowl left tackle Jake Long is back, although he has yet to practice because of left knee and shoulder injuries. The likely interior line starters are Carey and veteran Richie Incognito at guard and top draft pick Mike Pouncey at center.
The 340-pound Carey's size and experience made him a good candidate for the move to guard, Sparano said, and it will aid Pouncey's adjustment to the NFL.
"Vernon is a smart player, and smart players are good inside," Sparano said. "That is critical right now with Pouncey in the middle."
Carey has started 92 games for the Dolphins since they selected him in the first round of the 2004 draft. He last lined up at guard for the University of Miami.
"I have no problem playing it," he said. "I'm playing for the Dolphins, and I'm just happy to be here."