The Miami Dolphins are looking for answer to spark a stagnant offense and fix a porous defense that has led to three straight losses. Coming off a Thursday night loss to the Buffalo Bills, the Dolphins used the extra days off to try to get healthy.
The Dolphins hit the practice field on Monday, with the entire team fully practicing, including wide receiver Jabar Gaffney and defensive tackle Tony McDaniel. Both players missed Thursday's game with knee injuries. Miami could use both players to bolster their play this week.
Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill continued to practice with a sleeve over his left leg. Tannehill injured the leg against the New York Jets in Week 8, missing the rest of that game after the first quarter sack. However, the eighth overall draft choice has started all 10 games for Miami this season.
In the secondary, cornerback Nolan Carroll continues to work as the starter opposite Sean Smith, despite being flagged four times during the Bills game. However, the team does not have a lot of depth at cornerback, so there are not a lot of choices if they were to bench Carroll; Carroll has actually been playing better than injured starter Richard Marshall had played earlier this season.
"You can't get mad at the refs, or they are just going to target you even more and see that you're frustrated," Carroll said after the game. "They'll see they got in your head. Just go over to the side and talk to them and say, ‘Ref, what do you see I'm doing wrong?' Don't do a DeAngelo Hall and get in their face and start yelling.
"Second one, I don't even think I touched him," Carroll continued. "The last one was the worst call. I play physical, and I felt as the game was going on, I couldn't be as physical anymore because they were calling most of those penalties. It's difficult to change up stuff you've been doing for so long."
The Dolphins face the Seattle Seahawks Sunday.