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The Splash Zone 12/10/16: Previewing Sunday's Game Against The Cardinals

Welcome to the Splash Zone, the quickest way to get your day started off right. We bring you a rundown of Miami Dolphins news from the last 24 hours.

The Dolphins will be hosting the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. The biggest story leading up to this game is whether Kiko Alonso will play or not. Unfortunately, it looks like the Dolphins best linebacker will be sitting this one out. Mike Hull will start in place for Alonso at middle linebacker. The Dolphins defense is going to have a tough task of containing Cardinals running back David Johnson.

You can check out that story here, and the rest of the day's round-up below.

Miami Dolphins vs. Arizona Cardinals: How do they match up in Week 14? | The Daily Dolphin
How do the Miami Dolphins (7-5) and Arizona Cardinals (5-6-1) match up looking ahead to Sunday’s game at Hard Rock Stadium? When the Dolphins have the ball… Miami passing (28th in NFL) vs.

Cardinals At Dolphins

AC In The AM: Time To Regain Winning Formula
After taking a step back against Baltimore, the Dolphins have plenty to prove Sunday against Arizona.

Dolphins-Cardinals Playbook
Read Playbook, the official game program of the Miami Dolphins, prior to Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals.

FROM THE OTHER SIDE … Arizona Cardinals
We ask five questions with Staff Writer Darren Urban to learn more about this week’s opponent.

Adam Gase

Miami Dolphins: Friday updates from coach Adam Gase | The Daily Dolphin
DAVIE--Coming off one of their worst defeats of the season, the Dolphins will try to get back on track for the playoffs Sunday against the Cardinals.

Dolphins Running Backs

Pro Bowl bound? Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi closes in on 1,000 yards
Pro Bowl bound? Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi closes in on 1,000 yards

Opportunity separates Dolphins’ Jay Ajayi and Cardinals’ David Johnson | The Daily Dolphin
Jay Ajayi has been the story of the Miami Dolphins' season thus far, breaking out of his backup role and asserting himself as one of the most reliable and productive running backs in the NFL.

Ajayi Aiming For A Grand Season
Dolphins running back goes into the game against the Cardinals with 908 rushing yards, 92 shy of 1,000.

Dolphins Offensive Line

Miami Dolphins guard Laremy Tunsil: ‘I’m hurting. I’m hurting bad’ | The Daily Dolphin
Laremy Tunsil didn’t put a percentage on it, but he didn’t have to. There can’t be any doubt the rookie guard is playing in pain because of a shoulder injury. "I mean, I’m hurting," Tunsil said Thursday. "I’m hurting bad, but you know I’m going to fight through it.

Miami Dolphins LT Branden Albert "doing the impossible" | The Daily Dolphin
DAVIE--It's hard to understand how anyone could expect to play effective left tackle without two functional hands, but Dolphins veteran Branden Albert is willing himself to do so. Albert dislocated his left wrist Nov.

Dolphins Linebackers

Miami Dolphins LB Kiko Alonso not expected to play Sunday | The Daily Dolphin
DAVIE — Miami Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso (hamstring/thumb) is not expected to play Sunday, according to a league source. Alonso has missed all week of practice. Officially, he is a "game-time" decision. Mike Hull is likely to make his first career start.

How Miami Dolphins LB Mike Hull rolls: "Sell out on every play." | The Daily Dolphin
DAVIE — Here's the first thing you should know about Mike Hull. His teammates respect him. "That guy's a monster," Miami Dolphins middle linebacker Kiko Alonso said. "The guy's a freaking beast." Alonso, a beast, knows a beast when he sees one.

Practice report: Miami Dolphins missing two starting linebackers | The Daily Dolphin
DAVIE--This is a really bad time to be missing linebackers. The Dolphins were without Kiko Alonso and Jelani Jenkins for this afternoon's practice as they get ready to face one of the best running backs in the league in Arizona's David Johnson.

Dolphins Secondary

Miami Dolphins’ Byron Maxwell believes ‘I’m the best’ cornerback and he may not be way off | Miami Herald
The Miami Dolphins’ Byron Maxwell, so bad early in the season he was benched, has rehabilitated his season. Now he believes he is the NFL’s best cornerback, and he might not be far off.

Dolphins Special Teams

Miami Dolphins kicker Andrew Franks put biomedical engineering career on hold | Miami Herald
Dolphins kicker Andrew Franks took a most unusual path to the NFL. He studied biomedical engineering at RPI and was discovered on YouTube by Dolphins coaches.

Phinsider News You May Have Missed

The Splash Zone 12/9/16: Dolphins Hoping Kiko Alonso Can Play Sunday - The Phinsider
Welcome to the Splash Zone, the quickest way to get your day started off right. We bring you a rundown of Miami Dolphins news from the last 24 hours.

Steve Smith not happy with Dolphins complaints - The Phinsider
I attended the game in Baltimore. As a broke college kid, I spent around 83 dollars for nosebleed tickets followed by a 60 dollar parking pass about a mile away from the stadium. I don’t get to see...

Laremy Tunsil injury ‘hurting bad’ but ready ‘to help the team any way’ - The Phinsider
The Miami Dolphins have a banged up offensive line, but they are not ready to give up.

AFC Playoff picture 2016 through Week 14 Thursday: Kansas City shakes up postseason standings - The Phinsider
The AFC Playoff picture was shaken up last night with the Kansas City Chiefs beating the Oakland Raiders and vaulting themselves into the AFC West lead. Suddenly, the Chiefs are in the second...

Kiko Alonso injury update: Linebacker ‘not expected to play’ - The Phinsider
The Miami Dolphins may have to use their emergency plan of using second-year linebacker Mike Hull as the team’s starting middle linebacker. According to a report from the Palm Beach Post’s Joe...

What are the Dolphins five biggest needs heading into the 2017 season? - The Phinsider
The Dolphins have had a very interesting season to say the least. After a 1-4 start, the team rattled off six straight wins to sit comfortably at 7-4. Unfortunately, after a loss to the Baltimore...