Until recently, the Miami Dolphins were a relatively healthy team. However, they lost All Pro LT, Jake Long earlier this week to a biceps injury. Now, the laundry list of injured Dolphins seems to keep growing. Reggie Bush, Jimmy Wilson, and Karlos Dansby did not practice on Thursday, for the second consecutive day. Reggie Bush has a knee injury and has been getting treatment instead of practicing. Jimmy Wilson has a hamstring injury that keeps acting up. Dansby is dealing with a death in his family and has been excused from practices. It is currently unclear if any of those players will be available for the Dolphins game Sunday against the Jets.
Marc Colombo, who missed practice Wednesday, returned on a limited basis on Thursday. Clyde Gates and Brandon Marshall were both limited in Thursday’s practice, but both are expected to play on Sunday. I’m not sure anything could keep Marshall out of this game, as he relishes the chance to take on Darelle Revis again.
One positive sign is that Anthony Fasano appears to be on his way back to the field. Fasano, who missed last week’s game against the Patriots, was cleared yesterday to return to practice. Fasano passed all concussion tests and looks to be on track to play against the Jets.
The Dolphins may be injured, but they are motivated to knock the Jets out of the playoff hunt. The Jets need to beat the Dolphins and get losses by the Titans and Bengals and a loss by either the Raiders or Broncos. Simply, they need a lot of help…but they must win to have a shot. The Dolphins, whose playoff hopes were extinguished a few weeks ago, would love nothing more than to shut Rex Ryan up until September. In a season that has lacked ‘big games’, this is one that the Dolphins most certainly want to win. A win on Sunday would make the Dolphins 6-10 and will probably net them the #10 pick in the NFL Draft. Oh, and it would ensure that their hated rivals finish the season at 8-8 and home for the playoffs.