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Dolphins making changes to secondary

The Sun-Sentinel is reporting that cornerback Andre Goodman, who had been nursing his surgically repaired shoulder, has been cleared for contact drills.  Today he worked as the team's nickelback.  Goodman seems confident that he'll play on Sunday.

"I'm excited; I ain't going to lie," said Goodman, who started 14 games last season, recording 36 tackles and deflecting nine passes. "I can't wait to be in between the lines again on Sunday."

Meanwhile, the Miami Herald is reporting that the Dolphins may be making a change in the secondary.  Apparently, Travis Daniels has been getting some work in asa safety.  Because of that, cornerback Michael Lehan has been seeing extended work as a starter.  It's likely that once Andre Goodman is fully ready to start at corner that Daniels will permanently be moved to safety and be the team's starter, replacing the injured Yeremiah Bell who is out for the season.

Daniels worked mostly at safety Wednesday when Miami began preparations for their game at the Meadowlands. The repetitions Daniels took at cornerback came in the nickel and dime package and not with the starting base defense.

It'll be interesting to see what the Dolphins do on Sunday.  I'd be surprised if Daniels was already moved to safety considering Goodman is likely to be rusty.  However, I do like the idea of moving Daniels permanently to the safety spot.  I talked about this idea originally when Bell went down for the year.  Daniels' skill set makes him a much better fit as a safety in this league.  He's got good ball skills and seems to have good instincts.  He's also a very sure tackler.  What he lacks is ideal speed for a corner.  However, as a safety, he has more than adaquate speed.  This is certainly something to keep an eye on.

Wednesday Injury Report


Did Not Practice
LB Zach Thomas (migraine)

Limited in Practice
DB Donovin Darius (calf)
RG Rex Hadnot (shoulder)
CB Andre Goodman (shoulder)


Limited in Practice
WR Jerricho Cotchery (shoulder)
CB Andre Dyson (foot)
OL Brandon Moore (shoulder)
QB Chad Pennington (ankle)
DL Dewayne Robertson (knee)
DB Eric Smith (thigh)

Practiced Fully
CB David Barrett (thigh)
LB David Bowens (hand)
RB Thomas Jones (calf)
TE Joe Kowalewski (shoulder)
FB Stacy Tutt (foot)