The Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots will face off for the second time this season, with the Dolphins looking to even the season series after losing to the Patriots 23-16 in Week 13. The Dolphins have been hit with the injury bug recently, with starters missing time in each game, or even having to miss the entire game.
This week, the Dolphins received mixed news, as some starters look to come back from injury while others are already ruled out of Sunday's contest. The Dolphins will be without wide receiver Davone Bess, who will miss a third straight game with a back injury.
Miami listed cornerback Nolan Carroll, guard Josh Samuda, and defensive tackle Randy Starks as questionable for this game. Carroll was limited in practice throughout the week as he rehabbed a knee injury while Samuda was unable to fully practice on Thursday or Friday due to a shoulder injury. Starks, meanwhile, missed practice all week with a "not injury related" issue, and may not be available to play Sunday.
The Dolphins listed wide receiver Armon Binns (groin), safety Chris Clemons (ankle), linebacker Karlos Dansby (biceps), wide receiver Brian Hartline (back), safety Reshad Jones (hip), linebacker Koa Misi (ankle), and cornerback Sean Smith (knee) as probable.
Meanwhile, the Patriots listed one player as doubtful, cornerback Marquice Cole (finger), while they had 20 players listed as questionable. Safety Patrick Chung (shoulder), guard Dan Connolly (back), cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring, knee), safety Nate Ebner (hamstring), tight end Rob Gronkowski (forearm, hip), tight end Aaron Hernandez (ankle), linebacker Dont'a Hightower (hamstring, shoulder), defensive end handler Jones (ankle), wide receiver Brandon Lloyd (knee), defensive tackle Kyle Love (knee), guard Logan Mankins (ankle, calf), linebacker Jerod Mayo (elbow), center Nick McDonald (shoulder), linebacker Mike Rivera (ankle), tackle Nate Solder (abdomen), linebacker Brandon Spikes (knee, ankle), cornerback Aqib Talib (hip), tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back, knee), wide receiver Wes Welker (ankle), and linebacker Tracy White (elbow) all made the list.
The Dolphins and Patriots will kickoff their week 17 game at 4:25 pm Eastern on Sunday, with the Dolphins looking to reach 8-8 on the season, while New England is hoping to claim the number one overall seed in the AFC playoffs.