The Miami Dolphins will host the Dallas Cowboys in a Week 11 AFC East versus NFC East matchup. Miami will be looking to climb back to .500 and keep themselves squarely in the playoff hunt while the Cowboys are trying to end a seven-game losing streak which, somehow, has not yet knocked them out of the NFC East division race. Which team will be able to keep it together for another week?
According to NFL rules, teams must release injury reports throughout the week, with Sunday games starting to report on Wednesday, prior. Both the Dolphins and Cowboys released their respective injury reports last night, listing players who are injured in some way, and to what level they were able to practice on Wednesday.
The Dolphins only listed one played under the full participant categorization: running back Damien Williams. Williams injured his ankle during Miami's Week 10 game against the Philadelphia Eagles when he started to return a kickoff out of the endzone, then tried to stop and down the ball for the touchback only to awkwardly slide just past the goal line.
The Cowboys' full participation list was longer, with defensive tackle Nick Hayden, dealing with an ankle problem; linebacker Anthony Hitchens, also having an ankle issue; defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, with a back problem; linebacker Sean Lee, coming back from a concussion; and linebacker Rolando McClain, with a foot injury.
Under the limited participation group, which could mean anything from the player missed one rep of one drill to he missed everything except one rep of one drill, the Dolphins listed guard Jamil Douglas, with a shoulder issue; cornerback Brice McCain, still dealing with a knee problem; linebacker Spencer Paysinger, with a neck injury; and safety Michael Thomas, with a shoulder issue.
The Cowboys' list of limited participants includes cornerback Brandon Carr, with a shoulder issue; safety Jeff Heath, also with an injured shoulder; defensive end Jeremy Mincey, dealing with a thigh issue; and linebacker Kyle Wilber, with a toe injury.
The Dolphins listed three players as non-participants: tackle Ja'Wuan James, linebacker Jelani Jenkins, and linebacker Koa Misi. James has been dealing with a toe injury that has held him out of the last two games while Jenkins has an ankle injury and Misi has an abdominal issue that has their availability for Sunday in question.
The Cowboys' list of player non-taking part in practice was longer, starting with wide receiver Dez Bryant, who has foot and knee issues. Bryant will likely be available come game day, but he was among the five players the Cowboys had on the sideline on Wednesday. Joining Bryant was wide receiver Brice Butler (hamstring), safety Barry Church (shoulder), cornerback Morris Claiborne (hamstring/ankle), and defensive end Ryan Russell (abdomen).