Miami Dolphins practice report: Positive signs heading into Titans game

Cameron Wake and the Dolphins need a win Sunday to get back to .500. (AP)

DAVIE–As Adam Gase said earlier this week, the Dolphins are out of excuses. The trying part of their travel schedule is behind them, and they’re mostly healthy heading into Sunday’s home opener against the Titans.

For today’s practice, a relatively light walk-through, everyone who’s been dealing with an injury was available. Here are some updates:

–Xavien Howard, who sat out Wednesday with a shoulder injury, was back to his usual work Thursday and continued today. There’s no reason to believe he won’t be back in his starting spot, setting up him and rookie Cordrea Tankersley as the top two corners.

–Jay Ajayi left during the portion of practice open to the media, but it did not appear to be anything significant. Ajayi was held out Thursday, likely just for rest.

–Jordan Phillips looks set to make his return after missing the last two weeks with an ankle injury. He was limited in practice early in the week.

–Everyone else who’s been dealing with minor issues lately, like wide receiver Kenny Stills with his hand and cornerback Byron Maxwell with his hamstring, seems to be back to normal.

–Maxwell’s status for Sunday is particularly intriguing. He was inactive last week after the team said he tweaked his hamstring in warmups, and the Dolphins went with Alterraun Verner, Bobby McCain and Walt Aikens behind Howard and Tankersley.

–It appears linebacker Rey Maualuga will not only make his Dolphins debut, but start alongside Lawrence Timmons and Kiko Alonso. Maualuga was inactive the first three games because of a hamstring problem.

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