LONDON -- Miami Dolphins players are not getting healthy as quickly as they had hoped.
The team today put out its final injury report for the week and declared defensive tackle Randy Starks, who has a back issue, running back Knowshon Moreno (elbow) and linebacker Chris McCain (non-football) as out for the game.
Losing Starks hurts the run defense. He had not practiced all week. McCain missing this game is curious beause it's not for football reasons. This deserves scrutiny. McCain had a great opener but has been silent ever since, missing practice due to illness reasons one week, then hardly playing as a result, getting more repetitions in practice last week and playing a limited role, and now this. Interestingly, McCain did not miss any practices this week until Friday, according to the Dolphins' injury report.
Neither Starks nor McCain traveled with the Dolphins to London.
[Update: McCain posted an Instagram message regarding the passing of his grandfather. Apparently that is the personal reason he is not in London with the team.]
Everyone, meanwhile, expected Moreno to be out.
The disappointment comes in that linebacker Koa Misi and center Mike Pouncey are listed as doubtful. Misi, who has missed two games with an ankle injury, is likely going to miss his third game on Sunday. There had been initial hopes he could play last week against Kansas City. Then there were hopes he could play against Oakland . He even practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday.
But instead of increasing his workload, Misi was forced to miss practice on Thursday and Friday, seriously suggesting the ankle did not respond well to Wednesday's activity and he simply is not ready to return.
Pouncey, meanwhile, targetted this Oakland game as his time to return from hip surgery, which he had in June. He'll miss the target. Samson Satele will start at center even if Pouncey is active at all, which now does not seem likely.
Pouncey's more likely return to the lineup now seems to be after the bye week Oct. 12. against Green Bay.
Pouncey practiced on a limited basis this week as last week. He has yet to participate in a full practice.
For the Raiders, meanwhile, running back Maurice Jones-Drew practiced with no limitations on Friday is is listed as probable. He had missed the last two games with a hand injury.