The Miami Dolphins practiced for the final time on Friday morning in preparation for Sunday’s game versus the Atlanta Falcons. And a couple of positive tidbits have emerged from the workout.
Miami’s starting free safety Chris Clemons returned to the field after sitting out the team’s previous two practices with a hamstring injury. Although we won’t know until this afternoon if he was limited, returning in whatever capacity is progress for Clemons.
The Dolphins would really benefit from Clemons’ presence against the explosive Atlanta offense, as his speed in center field could help limit how many big plays Miami’s defense allows on Sunday.
In other news, quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who has been listed as limited in practice this week with a shoulder nick up, reportedly showed no signs of the injury throwing out routes this morning.
That was highly expected to be the case, as Tannehill supposedly acquired the injury early in the second half against the Colts and obviously didn’t leave the game. But assurance that he’s just fine still has to be welcomed relief for Dolphins fans.
On a negative note, starting cornerback Dimitri Patterson appeared to sit out practice with a groin injury. If Patterson can’t go on Sunday, expect Nolan Carroll to continue assuming the starting boundary role opposite Brent Grimes and for Jimmy Wilson to spend time covering the slot if he doesn’t have to spell Clemons at free safety.
The team’s official injury report of this morning’s practice will be available soon.