The Dolphins are in full pads today as they begin honing in on the Jets game.
Cornerback Richard Marshall, who has missed the last two starts with a back injury, is not practicing today. He didn't practice Monday. He didn't practice last week, or the week before, or the week before. It is going on a month since the back injury has kept him out of practice.
I haven't even seen him in the locker room.
Nolan Carroll continues to be the likely starter for Marshall versus New York. Carroll, by the way, jumped a route against Brian Hartline during the open portion of practice and had a chance for an interception. He didn't catch the ball, but it would go down as a pass defensed.
I was told last week that Marshall expected to return "sooner rather than later," suggesting his issue is not season-ending. But his time away gives me pause.
Defensive lineman Randy Starks is also not at practice today. I do not know if his absence is a result of an injury or whether he's excused for some reason.
Tony McDaniel is the next guy up and so he took more repetitions today.