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Dolphins injury report translated to good news

Reading the Dolphins injury report is normally an exercise in deciphering code. Sometimes guys that are questionable never travel with the team to away games. Sometimes guys that are doubtful play. Sometimes we hear guys aren't playing a position because they're not healthy ... even though they're not on the injury list.

But today's injury report is a breath of fresh air by comparison.


The report states that only one player -- cornerback Nolan Caroll, who is nursing a hamstring injury -- was limited in practice. The report further states that cornerback Vontae Davis (hamstring) and receiver Clyde Gates (groin) are nursing injuries but still were well enough to do everything in practice like the healthy players did.

Now, allow me to tell you what some of this means:

It means you can stop thinking that Chris Clemons, who is not at all on the injury report, is injured anymore. He's been playing on special teams for weeks. He's not on the injury report at all. Thus the reason he has not regained his starting free safety job is because coaches have deemed not not better than either Tyrone Culver or Reshad Jones -- both of whom played the position Sunday at Kansas City.

Clemons has dropped back, apparently, to a special teams contributor but isn't really in play for the starting FS job so much now.

It also means eunning back Daniel Thomas, who has been on and off the injury report of late and missed games intermittently, got through the Kansas City game without re-aggravating his hamstring injury. He practiced full today. He's not on the report at all. Barring a setback in practice this week, he'll be able to play consecutive games this season for only the third time. Two consecutive games has been his longest time on the field without re-injuring the hamstring.

Also, the fact Davis practiced full means his hamstring, which has been a problem this season and cause for some disagreement among trainers and Davis, is improving finally. He is recovering. The team does not plan to shut him down for injury reasons as long as that recovery trajectory continues.

There you have it. A Dolphins injury report turned to English.

Or Spanglish.

Or just mostly good news.