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The Tuesday afternoon postscript on the secondary

To piggyback on the last post, let me update you with what coach Tony Sparano says about some members of the secondary and what seems likely to happen going forward.

Vontae Davis is back practicing after missing two starts. He seems ready to play and will start, barring an unfortunate setback between now and game night at New York. So Nolan Carroll's time as a starter -- an assignment borne of necessity that at times was bigger than him -- has apparently come to an end for now.

Carroll, by the way, seemed to be limited in practice today. So was safety Chris Clemons, which continues to be a frustration to everyone because the Dolphins can foster zero competition at free safety as long as the player who is supposed to be part of that competition is not healthy.

So it will continue to be Reshad Jones starting against the Jets next Monday night. Beyond that

"I hope there's competition at all places for as long as we can have it," Sparano said. "That being said, I've been pleased with what Reshad's done. Reshad missed a few of tackles in the ballgame the other day. That's not a secret. Reshad would tell you that. But this guy's made a lot of tackles. Too many.

"Both our safeties have made a lot of tackles right now. That being said, I've liked some of the things Reshad has done. I've liked most of the things he's done back there. I just wish he'd get his hands on more footballs but at the same time, the ball's got to come to you back there. He's a young player whose done some nice things.

"All that being said, if Chris comes back and gets himself healthy and can compete, that would be good."

So that covers the one cornerback spot and the free safety spot. What of the other cornerback spot manned by Sean Smith?

"I like to see him get his hands on more footballs," Sparano said. "Sometimes the ball's got to come your way to have those opportunities. Prior to the [San Diego] game is when the most balls went Sean's way. Overall, I think he's played three really good games. In the San Diego game I think Sean would tell you there was a play or two thre he wishes he had back. I don't think he played a bad game that game, I'm just saying there's a couple of plays he'd like to have back."

The Dolphins have the No. 31-ranked pass defense in the NFL.