DAVIE–All the momentum the Dolphins have built over the past two weeks is tenuous as they head into what promises to be a frigid game at Buffalo on Sunday, and health will be a big factor in their ability to maintain it.
As Miami strives to stay in the playoff chase and even its record at 7-7, here are some personnel updates from this afternoon’s practice:
–One of the biggest concerns is rookie cornerback Cordrea Tankersley (ankle, shoulder), who missed the last game. He was on the field for the beginning of practice, but the Dolphins listed him as doubtful.
–Cornerback Xavien Howard (illness) was back, but he’s still sick. Howard said he will play against Buffalo.
–Defensive end Andre Branch (knee) looks like he’ll be available.
–Defensive tackle Jordan Phillips (ankle) didn’t fully practice Thursday and wasn’t dressed for today’s practice.
–Quarterback Matt Moore (foot) continued to practice, though the Dolphins are likely to stay with David Fales as the backup quarterback to Jay Cutler.
–Running back Damien Williams (shoulder) was on the field, but didn’t appear to be practicing.
–Safety Michael Thomas (knee) also wasn’t practicing, but there’s still a chance he’ll play. It looks like the plan for him is to be cautious during the week but play in games.
–Defensive end Cameron Wake and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh were not practicing during the portion open to the media, but neither is believed to have an injury. The staff has been giving them occasional days off lately.
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