First the good news for Miami Dolphins fans: Linebacker Phillip Wheeler is expected to be available for the Dolphins on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, after all.
Wheeler, who missed the season-opener while nursing a thumb injury, has been limited in practice this week because of that injury but the team has been encouraged by his improvement day to day.
The chances of Wheeler being available are apparently so good the Dolphins are debating whether to list him as probable.
Wheeler's availability improved dramatically because a bulbous cast that covered his entire right hand that he's been wearing was switched to a more manageable cast that exposes the tips of his fingers and allows him to grab potential ball carriers.
So Wheeler could find himself in the lineup.
Great, right. And the bad news?
I reported on Thursday morning that Wheeler was out for the game, per a source. I doubled back with that source Thursday evening and was told, "Things change. I guess I was wrong."
I was wrong. Apologies.
Koa Misi will not play, as I reported earlier. Dannell Ellerbe is on injured reserve and cannot play. So the Dolphins will have only one of their starting linebackers available on Sunday. How much Wheeler plays remains a question.