The Miami Dolphins are expected to use newly acquired offensive lineman Bryant McKinnie as the starting left tackle in Sunday's 1 p.m. game against the New England Patriots.

McKinnie, a 12-year veteran, is expected to replace Jonathan Martin. Martin, the team's 2012 second-round pick, will return to the right tackle spot he started the first 10 games of the 2012 season.

Martin replaces Tyson Clabo, who has allowed eight sacks in his six starts. The last two came in the fourth quarter of Miami's 23-21 loss to the Bills, and led to a fumble that cost the Dolphins the lead.

McKinnie, a former University of Miami standout the Dolphins acquired from Baltimore for a conditional late-round pick this week, practiced on a limited basis all week because of a right knee injury. He'll be starting his 153 NFL game against New England.

Clabo is active for Sunday's game. Will Yeatman is inactive for the first time this season. Also inactive is offensive guards Dallas Thomas and Danny Watkins.