NFL Rumors: Miami Dolphins Are Banged Up

By Craig Ballard


The Miami Dolphins are getting ready to close out their 2012 campaign with a trip to take on the New England Patriots. Word is that the Dolphins secondary has walking wounded everywhere, not exactly the recipe for beating Tom Brady and Bill Belichick at Gillette Stadium.

In practice this week as Kevin Coyle is trying to prep his secondary for the onslaught that is the Pats offense, both cornerbacks and both safeties have been limited as they are dealing with issues currently.

Chris Clemons has a wonky ankle. Reshad Jones has a hip issue. Cornerbacks Nolan Carroll and Sean Smith are each dealing with knee issues.

Rob Gronkowski may return this weekend for the Pats passing attack, but even without him we know this is a high-powered passing attack led by Tom Terrific. In Patriots victories Brady has 27 touchdowns and just three interceptions (2 of those came last week vs the Jacksonville Jaguars which of course is odd, but he did rebound and get the win).

On December 2nd Brady actually had his worst game of the season against this much maligned Dolphins secondary (Miami is #25 overall versus the pass) but historically he does extremely well very the ‘Phins. Brady is 15-6 with 37 touchdowns and 18 interceptions vs Miami in his career.

This is a Dolphins secondary that has a putrid two interceptions in  their last nine games. One of those was vs Brady in their game at Miami, but they will need to create multiple turnovers in this game to help the offense try to be able to keep up with the Brady Bunch.

R.J. Stanford, Bryan McCann, Tyrone Culver, Dimitri Patterson, and Jonathon Amaya could all see more action this week than usual. They will have Brandon Lloyd, Aaron Hernandez, and Pro Bowl wide receiver Wes Welker to deal with.

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