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September 26, 2013

First injury report of the week right here

MIAMI DOLPHINS

             

Thursday (9/26/13)

Friday (9/27/13)

Saturday (9/28/13)

Out

 

 

Out

 

 

Out

 

 

Pos.

Player

Injury

Pos.

Player

Injury

Pos.

Player

Injury

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did Not Participate in Practice

Did Not Participate in Practice

Doubtful

 

Pos.

Player

Injury

Pos.

Player

Injury

Pos.

Player

Injury

CB

Dimitri Patterson

Groin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Limited Participation in Practice

Limited Participation in Practice

Questionable

 

Pos.

Player

Injury

Pos.

Player

Injury

Pos.

Player

Injury

S

Chris Clemons

Hamstring/Quad

 

 

 

 

 

 

LB

Dannell Ellerbe

Ribs

 

 

 

 

 

 

LB

Jonathan Freeny

Shoulder

 

 

 

 

 

 

LB

Koa Misi

Shoulder

 

 

 

 

 

 

DT

Paul Soliai

Knee

 

 

 

 

 

 

DE

Cameron Wake

Knee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full Participation in Practice

Full Participation in Practice

Probable

 

Pos.

Player

Injury

Pos.

Player

Injury

Pos.

Player

Injury

WR

Brandon Gibson

Knee

 

 

 

 

 

 

C

Mike Pouncey

Ankle

 

 

 

 

 

 

LB

Philip Wheeler

Thumb

 

 

 

 

 

 

S

Jimmy Wilson

Groin

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

Bold indicates change in status 

Bold indicates change in status 

                 

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

             

Thursday (9/26/13)

Friday (9/27/13)

Saturday (9/28/13)

Out

 

 

Out

 

 

Out

 

 

Pos.

Player

Injury

Pos.

Player

Injury

Pos.

Player

Injury

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

Did Not Participate in Practice

Did Not Participate in Practice

Doubtful

 

Pos.

Player

Injury

Pos.

Player

Injury

Pos.

Player

Injury

DT

Brodrick Bunkley

Calf

 

 

 

   

 

S

Roman Harper

Knee

 

 

 

   

 

RB

Mark Ingram

Toe

 

 

 

   

 

DE

Tom Johnson

Hamstring

 

 

 

   

 

G

Tim Lelito

Calf

 

 

 

   

 

WR

Lance Moore

Hand

 

 

 

   

 

DE

Tyrunn Walker

Knee

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

Limited Participation in Practice

Limited Participation in Practice

Questionable

 

Pos.

Player

Injury

Pos.

Player

Injury

Pos.

Player

Injury

S

Isa Abdul-Quddus

Ankle

 

 

 

   

 

CB

Chris Carr

Knee

 

 

 

   

 

G

Jahri Evans

Hamstring

 

 

 

   

 

CB

Jabari Greer

Back

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

Full Participation in Practice

Full Participation in Practice

Probable

 

Pos.

Player

Injury

Pos.

Player

Injury

Pos.

Player

Injury

WR

Marques Colston

Foot

 

 

 

   

 

DE

Glenn Foster

Ankle

 

 

 

   

 

LB

Junior Galette

Hamstring

 

 

 

   

 

DE

Akiem Hicks

Knee

 

 

 

   

 

LB

Curtis Lofton

Knee

 

 

 

   

 

T

Zach Strief

Neck

 

 

 

   

 

LB

Martez Wilson

Elbow

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

Bold indicates change in status 

Bold indicates change in status 

                 

Limited Participation (LP) = less than 100% of a player’s normal repetitions

 

 

Full Participation (FP) = 100% of a player’s normal repetitions

 

 

Did Not Participate in Practice (DNP)

   

 

 
         

 

Mike Wallace: Tannehill ahead of where I thought

On Wednesday Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace said this about quarterback Ryan Tannehill:

"I think he's a really good player. I think he's ahead of where I thought he would be. He's a smart player. Whatever it is, the hype and stuff we've been getting the past week or two, he's like, 'I don't care about it.'  He's the same guy. He goes to work and prepares the same way. I think that's going to make him a very good player. He doesn't get caught up in the hype. He continues back to work and worries about what he did wrong. He's not worried about the good throws he made, he's worried about the ones he missed. As long as our quarterback is working like that, we'll be fine."

Let that all marinate for a moment ...

And now let us consider what it all means. You have to remember Wallace came to the Dolphins from the Pittsburgh Steelers and he did so mostly because Miami paid him $60 million with $27 million guaranteed. But in making the move, Wallace understood he was trading in an accomplished, outstanding Super Bowl caliber quarterback in Ben Roethlisberger for a youngster that had thrown more interceptions than touchdowns as a rookie.

Wallace hoped Tannehill would be good. But obviously, now he is seeing Tannehill is better than even he thought he'd be at this stage in Year 2.

Secondly, the Dolphins are starting to get attention now.

(I have always paid attention, but now the national media is coming around because the team's 3-0 record merits it. ESPN was in town on Wednesday. And Tannehill will be the focus of much of that attention.)

Will that freak Tannehill?

He flew under the radar last year compared to Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III because, well, he didn't play as well as those oung guys. But now he's apparently joining their performance ranks.

So what Wallace is saying is important: The attention isn't affecting Tannehill so far.

He doesn't think he's arrived. That's good because he hasn't. But he believes there is still much work to do and much to improve and he's busy working on that rather than basking in any adulation.

That's very good.

Discuss ..

 

Patterson setback pushes Carroll to forefront

With Dimitri Patterson's on-going groin issues -- he hasn't practiced this week -- the Dolphins seem poised to once again rely on Nolan Carroll as a starting cornerback, this time against the pass-happy New Orleans Saints Monday night.

Now, this is not really about Carroll. We'll get to him in a few grafs.

This is mostly about Patterson.

He has suffered a setback of some sort.

I remind you that after injurying his groin against Cleveland in the season-opener, he told The Herald he would be fine and play the following week against Indianapolis.

And although Patterson didn't practice except on a limited basis that week, he did indeed work every day and was active for the game. The reason he didn't play, coach Joe Philbin said, was because coaches decided not to use him.

Then last week Patterson practiced on a limited basis on Tuesday and Wednesday (as he'd done the week before) but then sat out drills altogether on Thursday and Friday and was pronounced out for the Atlanta game two days prior to the game.

That's not improvement.

In fact, I am told the setback came at that Wednesday practice that forced him out the remainder of the week.

And, again, Patterson has not practiced this week. He has not practiced at all since that fateful Wednesday.

And, I remind you, the Dolphins brought in half-a-dozen cornerbacks for workouts on Monday, which obviously speaks to the idea they believe they might need help at that position in the coming weeks.

The picture painted here is that Miami's starting cornerback is dealing with an injury that has already cost him two games, is likely going to cost him Monday night's game, and there is uncertainty beyond that.

That leads to Carroll.

He had a wonderful game against Cleveland. He was less effective against Indianapolis. And he struggled mightily against Atlanta, although against one of the best receivers in the NFL.

I love Carroll as a No. 3 or No. 4 cornerback. I don't love him as a starter. Neither, by the way, do the Dolphins. (There's a reason they drafted two cornerbacks in the draft's early rounds last April).

But as Carroll's the best Miami has right now, the team is definitely supporting Carroll and talking him up.

"I think he’s more consistent," coach Joe Philbin said Wednesday. "Obviously he made that one real, real nice play on the ball in the first game. I think it was the first drive of the first game. He’s a competitive guy. He’s very, very competitive. He comes out and works hard every single day.

"He’s certainly gotten better. His transitions gotten better. His coverage ability has improved I like the way he plays the game. He competes. You can put your head at night into a pillow and know that guy is going to give you everything he’s got."

I get it. Nolan Carroll's a competitive competitor competing in a competition.

But how good is he?

ProFootballFocus.com rates Carroll the 46th best cornerback among the 102 it has graded. (Brent Grimes, by the way, is rated No. 2).

Carroll has allowed 11 receptions in 21 targets this year -- a 52.4 completion percentage. Opposing teams average 13.6 yards per completion against him. He has given up 76 YAC (yards after catch), which is a big deal this week as the Saints lead the NFL in YAC since 2006.

That's not terrible. That's middle of the road.

The interesting thing is that Carroll hasn't been targeted more. The Browns couldn't really go after anyone outside and instead worked the tight ends vs. linebackers and safeties. The Colts didn't go after him, opting instead to go at Grimes with poor results. The Falcons didn't chase Carroll for nearly three quarters until they seemed to discover him in the fourth quarter.

But my experience tells me this train normally gains momentum once it starts rolling. Once a team sort of discovers a perceived weakness in another team, the next team goes after that weakness a bit more, then a bit more, then a lot more unless that weakness is addressed and the tide is turned back.

Obviously the Dolphins don't have a lot of options for turning back the tide as long as Patterson remains injured and rookies Jamar Taylor and Will Davis continue to need more practice and honing.

So perhaps they can hide Carroll a bit by having Grimes shadow the other team's best receiver throughout the game. The Dolphins have considered this in the past and Philbin doesn't dismiss the possibility.

"We’ve done some of that, and we’ll do whatever we think is in the best interest of our defense as a whole to stop the opponent," he said. "We certainly aren’t opposed to doing that stuff."