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Saturday 5 p.m. Dolphins update; Marlins address trade; Media notes

Some quick hits on a Saturday afternoon:

### The Dolphins likely will enter the Jets game without starting tight end Charles Clay (hamstring) and starting cornerback Cortland Finnegan (ankle), with both listed as doubtful. Left tackle Ja’Wuan James, who sustained a neck injury in the Denver game, is listed as questionable but expects to play.

As Armando notes on his Dolphins blog, the Dolphins have experimented in practice with Wilson playing opposite Brent Grimes in two-cornerback alignments, with Wilson moving to nickel when the team uses three cornerbacks. RJ Stanford or Walt Aikens then could play boundary corner when Wilson moves inside.

Aikens, who played cornerback at Liberty, has worked at corner this week in anticipation of being needed there Monday. But getting practice work at safety for much of the season “helped me out. I got to see the big picture.”

At corner, Aikens, 6-1, says he “has good speed for my size. And I’m physical.”

### Nate Garner (illness) is doubtful for the Dolphins, and Mike Wallace, Lamar Miller, Daryn Colledge, Samson Satele and Rishard Matthews are probable.  Tight end Jace Amaro and defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (toe) are out for the Jets.

### Lamar Miller’s 4.9 per carry average ranks sixth among all running backs and his 673 yards rank 11th.

So why is Miller carrying just 12.4 times per game?

Most would conclude it's done to keep Miller relatively healthy because he has been dealing with a shoulder issue for several weeks and a minor knee issue last week. But Joe Philbin doesn't cite that as an explanation.

“We like the different running backs we have,” Philbin said. “We like the kind of different skill sets. We feature certain guys different ways. That’s kind of how the snaps have worked themselves out. Really, I think the Detroit game, [when] he got four carries... skewed things a little bit, but we want to get different guys involved and get their hands on the football as well. But we certainly like the contribution he’s made.”

### Couple of notable comments Ryan Tannehill made to Jets media this week: He said receiver Jarvis Landry has "some of the best hands I’ve ever seen, if not the best. He’s constantly making plays for us. Once I saw him on the practice field, some of the catches he made in the first couple of days, I knew he was a special player. He’s one of the most fun guys to play with because every time he touches the ball he can do something with it.”

Tannehill said of offensive coordinator Bill Lazor: "Right now we’re on the same page. We think about the game the same way and I really like the way he’s been calling the games."

### On alarming sign about new Marlins reliever Aaron Crow is that his velocity dropped about 2.5 miles per hour last season, to 92.0.

But Marlins executive Michael Hill said: “Our reports have been solid. He’s an effective major league pitcher. If he was the dominating pitcher he was the previous years, we probably would not have had the ability to [acquire] him. Given the depth of Kansas City’s bullpen and the emergence of those three guys at the back end, that made him available.

"It’s good for us we could acquire a proven bullpen arm that adds versatility. That’s what we like so much in our pitching. We’ll explore the starting option, but we know he’ll be a reliable bullpen piece. Our people felt comfortable there was definitely enough fastball and good, late movement, and an arm that would fit nicely in our park and in our club.”

### Hill wouldn’t rule out the possibility of Crow moving into the rotation if needed: “We know he has started. It’s still early in the offseason and we’re not sure how the rest of the offseason will unfold in terms of what else we add to our pitching staff, but we love the flexibility. We love the thought he could possibly be a starting option for us, but at a minimum we know he’ll be a valuable bullpen piece and just add to the overall depth of our staff.”

### With the MLB GM meetings in San Diego more than a week away and the Marlins actively looking for a first baseman, starting pitching and help elsewhere, Hill said there is “nothing imminent. A lot of conversations. I anticipate things will pick up as we head to San Diego for the meetings. We’re looking for ways to improve our ball club. We came up short last year, but we like the overall core we have in place and are just trying to look for ways to upgrade and get us over the hump.”

BROADCAST TIDBITS

### Why is CBS carrying Mississippi-MississippiState on Saturday instead of Auburn-Alabama? CBS had to make a choice between the two a few weeks ago, and with MississippiState unbeaten at the time, it gambled on that Rebels-Bulldogs game being the better one. So ESPN gets Alabama-Auburn.

### ESPN threw a bone to Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer, who were assigned to Alabama-Auburn after being relegated to the SEC Network all season. Lead team Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit instead will work Florida-FSU… Joe Tessitore and Brock Huard call their fifth UM game of the season Saturday, against Pittsburgh on ESPN2 at 7 p.m.

### Fox wisely switched WSVN-7's 1 p.m. game Sunday from Giants-Jaguars to Saints-Steelers.

### Craig Sager, who has been battling leukemia for much of the year, hopes to return to TNT soon, according to NBA.com.

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