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Injury report good news for the Miami Dolphins

Miami Dolphins left guard Daryn Colledge is on course to return to the lineup Sunday against the Denver Broncos after missing three games with a back issue, a source has told The Miami Herald.

Colledge has practiced each of the past two days at least on a limited basis. Colledge had not practiced since Nov. 6 when he took the field and worked on a limited basis.

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said today no final decision on Colledge has been made but he is usually coy about such matters, anyway. It is hard to fathom the Dolphins sticking with Shelley Smith ahead of Colledge if the starter is ready.

Colledge returning to his usual spot at left guard may provide some experience on that side of the offensive line -- something needed because rookie Ja'Wuan James has taken over at left tackle for the injured Branden Albert.

This would mark the first game Colledge and James play together on the left side.

Linebacker Jonathan Freeny (hamstring) missed practice for the second consecutive day and he is not expected to play on Sunday, per a source.

[Update: The Dolphins released their injury report Wednesday afternoon and listed Freeny as being out. So, confirmed.]

Cornerback Cortland Finnegan (ankle) also did not practice on Wednesday. His chances of playing Sunday do not seem good but no final determination about that is known here.

For the Broncos, Julius Thomas, nursing an ankle injury, stretched with the team today, according to Jeff Legwold of ESPN, but did not practice Wednesday. Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who has not been cleared under the concussion protocol, did not practice and running back Montee Ball (groin) also did practice.