Despite not practicing all week, Miami Dolphins ST captain Michael Thomas playing tonight

Michael Thomas is one of five team captains this year. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

MIAMI GARDENS — Despite missing practice on Thursday, Friday and Saturday due to a knee injury, Miami Dolphins special teams captain Michael Thomas suited up to play on Monday night against the New England Patriots.

Thomas is dealing with a knee injury that would sideline many players. Thomas initially hurt himself nearly a month ago and it has limited his ability to cut as well as he has in the past.

Thomas has been testing a knee brace and was planning to wear it for the first time in a game tonight. Thomas, a Pro Bowl candidate, leads the Dolphins with 10 special teams tackles this season and leaded the NFL with 53 special teams tackles since 2014.

Thomas knows how important this Monday Night Football game is and how important he is to the special teams unit. With Maurice Smith out for the rest of the season, one would think Thomas might play more on defense.

But due to the nature of his injury, there is a good chance his participation in tonight’s game is limited to special teams.

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