If you read much into the free-agent workouts many teams conduct throughout the season, then you might make the presumption that the Dolphins have concerns about the health of cornerback Dimitri Patterson.
Patterson, who earned a starting job in training camp by beating out Richard Marshall and validated that spot with two interceptions in the season opener, has missed the Dolphins’ past two games with a nagging groin injury.
And it appeared he may have suffered a setback in his recovery last week, sitting out the team’s final practice in preparation for Atlanta after participating on a limited basis in the team’s prior sessions.
The six cornerbacks Miami put through drills today in Davie included Ron Bartell, Jacob Lacey, Ryan Mouton, Terrence McGee and Demarcus Van Dyke.
Rookie cornerbacks Will Davis and Jamar Taylor, who have also been dealing with injuries, appear to be progressing and inching closer to defensive snaps. This likely isn’t about them. We’ll see if Patterson returns to practice on Tuesday, but it looks like he could be in the midst of missing significant time.
Nolan Carroll has played well starting on the boundary in his place thus far, but Jimmy Wilson could still prove to be a liability covering some of the league’s top slot receivers, which was also Patterson’s role.