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The Splash Zone 12/9/16: Dolphins Hoping Kiko Alonso Can Play Sunday

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The Dolphins are hoping that Kiko Alonso will be able to play against the Cardinals on Sunday. Alonso underwent thumb surgery on Monday but the team is more concerned about his hamstring. Alonso says he feels good but it's up to Adam Gase and the coaching staff on whether Alonso will play or not. Mike Hull will start if Alonso is unable to play. The second year player has impressed the coaching staff and had a good showing on Sunday against the Ravens.

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

Dolphins hope Kiko Alonso can play against Cardinals, but preparing Mike Hull to start - Sun Sentinel
Miami Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso's hamstring injury could keep him from playing against the Arizona Cardinals.

Adam Gase

What Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase said after Thursday’s practice | The Daily Dolphin
Here's what Dolphins coach Adam Gase said after Thursday's practice: On Jay Ajayi and if they could predict a 1,000-yard season: They expected the RB corps to get total yards they have, but not sure if they could have predicted it would largely be by one guy.

Dolphins Quarterbacks

Miami Dolphins needing Ryan Tannehill to step up in December to make playoffs | FOX Sports
Ryan Tannehill stepped into the pocket of a media throng near his locker Wednesday and took questions, calmly completing every answer despite considerable pressure.

Dolphins Running Backs

Damien Williams is the Miami Dolphins secret offensive weapon
Extremely undervalued and underappreciated, the Miami Dolphins must do whatever is needed to bring back running back Damien Williams. The post Damien Williams is the Miami Dolphins secret offensive weapon appeared first on Cover32.

AC In The AM: A Close-Up Look At Jay Ajayi
The second-year running back becomes a different person on the field.

Dolphins Wide Receivers

Dolphins' Parker should have caught or broken up Webb pick, his coach says | Miami Herald
Four months ago, Dolphins coaches publicly called out DeVante Parker for not pushing through pain. Now, they’re praising his toughness -- if not all of his decisions.

Dolphins Defense

What Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph said Thursday | The Daily Dolphin
Here are some things Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph said Thursday: • The last two weeks the defense has not played well. Two weeks ago, bad pass rush plan. Last week, the Ravens changed their typical plan to short passes.

Dolphins DC Vance Joseph: No personnel changes ahead - Miami Dolphins Blog- ESPN
DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins’ coaching staff have had no issues benching underperforming players this season. Former Pro Bowler Mario Williams and well-paid cornerback Byron Maxwell are the two biggest examples.

Dolphins Defensive Line

What Miami Dolphins DT Ndamukong Suh said about the Cardinals, missing Alonso | The Daily Dolphin
Here's what Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh said in his weekly meeting with reporters: The challenge of the Arizona Cardinals' offense: "They have some great running backs. Obviously, a seasoned veteran at quarterback.

Dolphins Linebackers

Hull Ready To Impress On Defense
The second-year linebacker got 26 snaps on defense against the Ravens and ended up with four tackles.

Dolphins Secondary

When will Miami Dolphins CB Xavien Howard return from injury? | The Daily Dolphin
DAVIE — Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase says the most important part of cornerback Xavien Howard's return from a second knee injury is that the comeback occurs when Howard feels ready.

Dolphins Special Teams

What Miami Dolphins special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi said Thursday | The Daily Dolphin
What Dolphins special teams coordinator and assistant head coach Darren Rizzi said Thursday: Says Michael Thomas is a Pro Bowl-caliber special teams guy. Provides leadership but also it's the way he plays. Rizzi says it is hard for special teams guys to get noticed on Pro Bowl voting.

Cardinals at Dolphins

Dolphins And Cardinals Produced Desert Fireworks
The Dolphins were on the wrong end of a 24-21 decision in 2012 at University of Phoenix Stadium, but the game did produce two of the most memorable individual performances in franchise history.

Practice report: Dolphins down Kiko Alonso; DeVante Parker in caution | The Daily Dolphin
DAVIE--The Dolphins had most of their roster available for this afternoon's practice, but there were a few players limited or sidelined by injury.

Dolphins must run the ball effectively for offense to have success against Cardinals - Sun Sentinel
The Miami Dolphins rank No. 8 in rushing offense while the Arizona Cardinals are No. 11 in rushing defense. Miami must win this matchup to win the game.

A nightmare matchup for the Miami Dolphins: Larry Fitzgerald in the slot | Miami Herald
Future Hall of Fame wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is a matchup problem for the Miami Dolphins because they have neither players that are big enough or accomplished enough to stop him. And possible answers to the problem are not being considered.

Miami Dolphins' track record bodes well in defending David Johnson - NFL Nation- ESPN
The Dolphins' defense has been inconsistent at times this season, but when it comes to shutting down big-time running backs Miami has stepped it up.

Phinsider News You May Have Missed

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Miami Dolphins Fantasy Football Sit/Start: Week 14 - The Phinsider
Here’s who to start or sit in the Dolphins Week 14 lineup as the Cardinals come to South Beach.