The Dolphins will be the beneficiary of a relatively clean injury report for the third consecutive week. The only player whose availability is in question is running back Daniel Thomas.
Thomas, who has seemingly taken over the reigns as the starting running back down the stretch this season despite being hampered with an ankle injury, is listed as “questionable.” On nine carries versus the Buffalo Bills‘ 23rd ranked run defense, Thomas managed a mere six rushing yards in Week 16 and gave up a sack in pass protection.
The Dolphins also fielded a productive running game without Thomas against the Jets back in Week 13, rushing for 125 yards behind the legs of Lamar Miller, Mike Gillislee and Marcus Thigpen. Needless to say, his potential loss is not considerably threatening to Miami’s prospects of winning on Sunday afternoon. Although he is the Dolphins’ most capable short-yardage back — which isn’t saying much — he shouldn’t be the offense’s feature runner like he’s been used as at times.
There was some concern over quarterback Ryan Tannehill after he missed some time in Buffalo with a knee injury. Tannehill is listed as “probable” for Sunday’s game, though, joining safety Chris Clemons (knee/hamstring), wide receiver Brian Hartline (knee), safety Don Jones (elbow/abdomen), linebacker Koa Misi (triceps), wide receiver Marlon Moore (wrist), defensive tackle Jared Odrick (wrist), defensive tackle Paul Soliai (ankle) and cornerback Jamar Taylor (hamstring) among those expected to play.
For the Jets, only defensive back Ellis Lankster is listed as “questionable” with a jaw injury. Lankster has played just 30 defensive snaps all season, so his absence would only be felt on special teams where he’s made 11 tackles in 2013.
Defensive lineman Quinton Coples (shoulder), defensive back Antonio Cromartie (hip), linebacker Demario Davis (thumb), defensive lineman Kenrick Ellis (back), wide receiver Santonio Holmes (foot/hamstring), offensive lineman Austin Howard (knee), running back Chris Ivory (quadricep/ankle), wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (elbow), defensive back Dawan Landry (hand), offensive lineman Nick Mangold (toe), linebacker Garrett McIntyre (knee), defensive back Ed Reed (not injury related), defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson (finger/shoulder), defensive lineman Mo Wilkerson (wrist) and tight end Kellen Winslow (knee) are all listed as “probable” for the Jets.
Cody Strahm is a Miami Dolphins contributor for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @CodyJStrahm.