DAVIE — The Dolphins appear headed into Monday night’s matchup with division-leading New England thin in both the offensive and defensive backfields.
Running back Damien Williams (shoulder) was not practicing in the portion of Saturday’s workout open to the media. Neither were safety Michael Thomas (knee) and cornerback Cordrea Tankersley (ankle/shoulder).
If Williams is unable to go, it would fall upon Kenyan Drake to produce an encore to last week’s 120-yard performance against Denver. We’ll also see if Drake has physically rebounded from a career-high 23 carries.
In an unusual move, Drake was working while wearing No. 26 — Williams’ number.
Thomas, whom the team is hoping makes the Pro Bowl as a special teams player, also has not practiced all week. Tankersley’s absence could leave the cornerback spot opposite Xavien Howard in the hands of slot corner Bobby McCain, with Alterraun Verner seeing additional playing time. Walt Aikens, like Thomas a valuable special teams contributor, could see action as a backup safety.
In other news Saturday:
- DT Ndamukong Suh (knee), was not seen Saturday. Suh was given a rare day off Thursday, participated in a full practice Friday but did not appear to practice Saturday.
- QB Matt Moore (foot) did not work.
- G Jermon Bushrod was not practicing, which likely will mean the right side of the offensive line would be manned by G Jesse Davis and T Sam Young.