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December 27, 2012

Hartline, Fields, others are Pro Bowl alternates

Talked to Reshad Jones in the lockerroom today. We all know he is not a Pro Bowl pick this year. But he tells me that despite his breakout season he is not an alternate, either.

Wide receiver Brian Hartline, who eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career, tells me he is an alternate at the position.

Punter Bradon Fields is also an alternate at punter.

Of all these, Hartline has the greatest opportunity to play in the game because players such as New England's Wes Welker or Houston's Andre Johnson might not be able to play because their teams might be in the Super Bowl.

Fields has little chance of playing unless Dustin Colquitt, who made the team for the first time, somehow injures himself this weekend. Otherwise, Colquitt is not going to pass on the trip to Hawaii.

[Update: Mike Pouncey, Reggie Bush, Paul Soliai and Randy Starks are also alternates.]

Dimitri Patterson is a starter, could be a find

The Dolphins are clearly pleased with the work Dimitri Patterson did last weekend when he was thrust into a starter role against Buffalo because the cornerback is on course for his second consecutive start Sunday -- even as Nolan Carroll is practicing and probably capable of playing against the Patriots.

Patterson is at his post with the starters today and he's teamming with Sean Smith, who is back practicing at his usual starting cornerback spot after missing practice Wednesday.

I, for one, am not prepared to annoint Patterson a find yet. He played one game. The Cleveland Browns knew him much better and for a greater period of time before deciding to waive him.

But Patterson was very good against the Bills. And if he performs on the same level against the Patriots, who happen to have a top 5 passing attack, then the Dolphins can go into the offseason confident that they have a candidate for a starting job next year that they didn't have only two weeks ago.

In other practice news:

Randy Starks was absent against today, presumably as he continues to deal with the passing of his mom.

Davone Bess (back) missed practice again today and his chances to play Sunday seem grim.

Koa Misi, who missed practice Wednesday, worked at least on a limited basis Thursday.