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Monday Dolphins notes; Heat gets much attention in NBA general manager survey

The Dolphins are back from their bye week, and I've posted an update below. Please see our last post for what NBA general managers are saying about the Heat, according to nba.com's popular annual poll:


The Dolphins returned to practice after a four-day break, but cornerback Richard Marshall remains sidelined by a back injury that has sidelined him for two games.

Marshall was not in attendance Monday during the portion of practice open to the media. He said last week that he was on crutches a couple weeks ago. He also said last week that he hopes to play Sunday against the Jets.

Coach Joe Philbin declined to speculate on a timetable for Marshall’s return or say whether Nolan Carroll might continue to start even when Marshall is healthy.

Carroll has been generally solid in Marshall’s absence; the Bengals and Rams completed seven of 13 passes thrown against him for 84 yards.

“Nolan has played well,” coach Joe Philbin said. “We feel he’s making progress.”

Meanwhile, the Dolphins announced running back Jonas Gray has returned to practice but is still on the physically unable to perform list. Miami has 21 days to decide whether to activate him, cut him or place him on injured reserve. Gray suffered an ACL injury at Notre Dame last season.

### Miami auditioned four undrafted rookies who were cut by other NFL teams in the past seven weeks: tight ends Chase Ford (Eagles) and Dominique Jones (one catch for the Colts this season) and safeties Cyhl Quarles (Patriots) and Sean Baker (Buccaneers). Ford played at the University of Miami.

### An NFL spokesperson said the league has not decided whether linebacker Koa Misi will be suspended in the wake of him pleading no contest to a felony battery charge. The NFL’s Greg Aiello said the matter will be reviewed under the league’s personal conduct policy.

### Offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said there’s “urgency” to get receiver Jabar Gaffney involved in the offense. “We have to push Gaffney forward,” he said. “He’s getting there. He’s going faster and making plays.”

Though the Dolphins like how Marlon Moore played as the No. 3 receiver against the Rams (including a touchdown catch), Sherman said Moore plays “a fair amount of special teams” and does not want to overburden him.

### Asked what player he would like to extract more from, Sherman named tight end Charles Clay, who has five receptions for 45 yards. “Clay is someone who can really help us down the stretch,” Sherman said. “I would like to see Clay step up and be a bigger factor in what we do.”

### Sherman said rookie tight end Michael Egnew, who hasn’t been active for a game, is “making progress” but “I can’t put a timetable on when he’s ready.”

Sherman said a “big part of his job will have to be special teams as well. Right now, he’s not quite there on that end.”

### Philbin told his team that beginning Sunday “we’re going to have four games in 18 games” and the players have “got to take care of their bodies.”… He cited Jason Trusnik, Carroll and Austin Spitler as players who have excelled on special teams, and added Olivier Vernon “is starting to make progress.”.. Sherman called receiver Davone Bess “a small man with a big heart [who] plays big. There’s nothing I don’t like about him.”

### Coyle, on why Olivier Vernon has improved: “He realized as you start to go against these better pass-protectors, you’re not just going to run around them. He started to realize he has to continue to develop his repertoire of pass-rush moves. [Defensive line coach] Kacy Rodgers is doing a phenomenal job of grooming him. He’s not the biggest guy.” Coyle expects him to “make an impact from here on out.”

PLEASE see our last post for the Heat-flavored results of nba.com's NBA GM survey released Monday.