Injuries to wide receivers could hurt Dolphins depth

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What a few days ago looked like a fight to earn a roster spot for the Miami Dolphins' wide receivers could be a battle to simply stay healthy. The team appears to have two injured front runners for roster spots in Armon Binns and Rishard Matthews.

It's still early in camp, but injuries are never something you want to see. For the Miami Dolphins, two leading contenders for rotter sports seem to have been by the injury bug already. Wide receivers Armon Binns and Rishard Matthews both had to sit out at least a portion of the practice.

Binns, who appeared set to grab the fourth slot on the depth chart, missed a few snaps yesterday in practice after injuring his arm on a diving attempt at a catch. However, he returned to work yesterday, and was practicing again today until he limped off the field during one-on-one drills. He spent the rest of practice on the sidelines with his knee wrapped.

Meanwhile, Matthews missed all of practice with an undisclosed injury. According to reports, Matthews could be out for several weeks.

Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin will not discussed injured players, so the exact nature of the injuries, or how long recovery could be, is unknown at this point.

The Miami receiving corps includes presumed starters Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, and Brandon Gibson. Behind them come Binns and Matthews, along with Marvin McNutt, Brian Tyms, Jeff Fuller, Chad Bumphis, and Kenny Stafford. The Dolphins added Andrell Smith today.

The Dolphins have also seen injuries to guard John Jerry, kicker Caleb Sturgis (groin), running back Cameron Marshall (hamstring), and cornerback Jamar Taylor (sports hernia surgery) this year. No timetable has been given for any of their returns.

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