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  • Injuries abound for Bills game

    The Dolphins are banged up heading in to their home opener against Buffalo.
    Running back Lamar Miller (ankle), left tackle Branden Albert (hamstring) and tight end Jordan Cameron (groin) did not practice on Wednesday.
    Defensive end Cameron Wake (hamstring), tight end Dion Sims (concussion), safety Reshad Jones (hamstring) and center Mike Pouncey (elbow) were limited.
    Quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who injured his ankle late in last week’s loss to Jacksonville, practiced fully.
    Both starting running backs — Miller and Buffalo’s LeSean McCoy — did not practice on Wednesday. McCoy has a hamstring injury.
    If Miller can’t play, the Dolphins will likely start Damien Williams, who has five yards on three carries this season.
    In 18 career games, Williams has never rushed for more than 34 yards.
    The Dolphins could also turn to Jonas Gray, who was promoted from the practice squad on Wednesday.
    Gray played for New England last year and had a 201 yard four touchdown game against Indianapolis. But he quickly grew out of favor with the Patriots’ coaching staff and was released this offseason.
    “I’ve been able to learn the offense pretty fast,” Gray said. “I’m sure they see the stuff in film study from past years and what I did in the preseason. Now I just have to try to get out there and show how hard I work.”
    Miller’s still hopeful he can play although he hasn’t had much success in two games this season.
    The Dolphins ran the ball just 16 times in last week’s loss to Jacksonville and Miami 58 rushing yards per game is 30th in the NFL, ahead of only Detroit and Philadelphia.
    Miller said the Dolphins shouldn’t avoid the run even if they start out with a couple of poor attempts.
    “Running the ball you’ve just got to feel for the game, reading how the defense is playing the run,” Miller said.
    “You’re always going to have a couple of negative plays. But you’ve just got to keep it going and everybody will get comfortable with everything. The running game can get going.”
    If Albert can’t start at left tackle, the Dolphins will turn to Jason Fox. The hamstring injury is unfortunate for Albert, who was just returning from offseason knee surgery.
    If Cameron can’t play, the Dolphins will have Jake Stoneburner and might have Dion Sims back. Sims was carted off the field with a concussion in the season opener and did not play in Jacksonville. Wednesday was his first day back to practice but he’s still limited.
    If Cameron and Sims can’t play the Dolphins would have to sign another tight end or promote Tim Semisch from the practice squad.
    Parker progressing: Dolphins rookie receiver DeVante Parker, who played 17 snaps (a quarter of all of Miami’s offensive snaps) in Sunday’s loss to Jacksonville, said he still expects to be slowly incorporated in to the lineup.
    It was a significant increase in workload for Parker — Miami’s first round draft choice — after he was on the field for just one snap in the season opener against Washington.
    He’s recovering from offseason foot surgery and now finds himself playing catchup.
    “I’m getting reps here and there,” he said. “The more games I play, the more reps I’ll probably get toward the end of the season.”
    Parker said the surgery is no longer an issue.
    “The foot feels good,” he said. “The foot is 100 percent now.”
    The issue for Parker is that he’s behind Miami’s other receivers. The Dolphins have a deep group that includes Jarvis Landry, Rishard Matthews, Greg Jennings and Kenny Stills.
    “We have other good players in,” Parker said. “We’re all good.
    “We have a great receiving corps. It’s up to them too. I have to take what they’re doing and just use it for myself.”
    Parker still expects to be the playmaking red zone threat that the Dolphins envisioned when they drafted him.
    “I’m ready,” he said.
    Suh freelancing?: Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh didn’t say much about a Miami Herald report that he was freelancing against Jacksonville.
    Coach Joe Philbin and defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle denied it earlier this week and Suh declined comment about the report, referring to Philbin’s statements.
    But Suh said he’s never ignored coaches in Detroit or Miami.
    “What for?” he said. “That’s my job to go out there and play as hard and as fast as I can with their direction.”

    From the Palm Beach Post (copied)

    This could get ugly with the Bills...............

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    I have a feeling most players will be fine to play on Sunday. The Miller injury is concerning and so is the Cameron injury, because of his history with missing games due to injury. I was hoping being on the injury report was a thing of the past. Hopefully he will be good to go for Sunday's game. We need to keep an eye on McCoy's injury because that would be a huge blow to their offense. I was predicting that McCoy and Tyrod Taylor were both going to rush for 100 yards this Sunday so if McCoy is out, or if he is hobbled, that could really effect the outcome of this game.

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    • #3
      Bills running back LeSean McCoy said Wednesday that he thought he would “be fine” to play against the Dolphins in Week Three after he missed practice to rest the hamstring injury that’s been nagging him since the preseason.
      McCoy’s prediction appears to be on track. He was back on the practice field Thursday and was listed as a full participant on the team’s injury report for the day. The Bills also had wide receiver Percy Harvin as a full participant in practice after he sat out on Wednesday and coach Rex Ryan said, via Mike Rodak of ESPN.com, he “feels good” about both players’ chances of being in the lineup this Sunday.
      Safety Aaron Williams was the only player who didn’t practice as he continues to recover from the neck injury that led him to be taken from the field in an ambulance last Sunday. Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin was limited by the rib injury that has kept him out of the first two games of the season, but Ryan said that Goodwin “might be able to go” this weekend.


      It appears that only one player might miss this Sunday's game, their safety Aaron Williams.

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