The Miami Dolphins seem to have forgotten how to stop an opponent's rushing attack. Teams are gashing Miami's vaunted front seven regularly, finding big holes and breaking tackles. It has become a huge problem over the past few weeks, but it is one that could soon see reinforcements soon arriving.
Miami's depleted linebacker corps appears to be getting healthy. Starters Koa Misi and Jelani Jenkins, both of whom had to sit out last week with hamstring/knee problems and foot issues, respectively, returned to practice on Wednesday, albeit in a limited capacity. Joining them were reserve linebackers Jonathan Freeny, who is still limited with a hamstring injury, and Chris McCain, who has been out for two weeks with an ankle injury but was not included on this week's first injury report.
That's good news for a Miami defense looking to return to form against the Minnesota Vikings this weekend.
Tight end Charles Clay (hamstring), cornerback Cortland Finnegan (ankle), safety Done Jones (shoulder), and cornerback Jamar Taylor (shoulder) were all also limited in practice.
The Dolphins held out of practice guard Nate Garner (illness), tackle Dallas Thomas (foot), and running back Daniel Thomas (knee). Garner has missed the last four weeks with lingering migraine headaches, though there is no indication that they are a symptom of a more serious condition.
The Minnesota side of the Wednesday injury report lists tight end Kyle Rudolph (ankle/knee), guard Charles Johnson (ankle), safety robert Blanton (ankle/knee), nose tackle Linval Joseph (illness), and linebacker Anthony barr (knee) as non-participants in practice. Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (knee), wide receiver Greg Jennings (hamstring), running back Matt Asiata (foot), and defensive end Brian Robison (ankle) were all limited.
Finally, cornerback Xavier rhose (wrist) and safety Andrew Sendejo (thumb) were full participants in the Wednesday workout for the Vikings.
The Vikings and Dolphins kickoff at 1pm ET on Sunday.