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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.