The inclusion of QB Sam Bradford on the injury report was the biggest surprise of the week. Bradford was a full participant Wednesday and Thursday – in fact, he wasn’t even listed on the injury report for either of the first two days – and was a full participant Friday as well, but a knee injury has Bradford listed as probable for Sunday’s game in Miami. The extent of the injury is unknown but doesn’t seem to be too serious. It will be something to monitor on Sunday.
A few other players are probable for Sunday’s game as well. DE Eugene Sims (head) left Thursday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals but looks likely not to have to miss a game. After being limited Wednesday, he was a full participant Thursday and Friday.
After participating in the first two games, S Matt Daniels (thigh) has missed the last three. But as a full participant all week he should also be good to go Sunday. With fellow S Rodney McLeod having emerged as a special teams standout, it remains to be seen if Daniels’ spot will still be there when he returns.
Among those questionable for the game is FB Brit Miller (ankle). Miller did practice fully both Thursday and Friday, making it likely that he’ll be on the field Sunday.
DT Matt Conrath (knee) and DE William Hayes (back) are both questionable as well. Conrath has had trouble getting on the field but practiced in some capacity all week, making his availability likely. It might be needed with the injury to Hayes. One of the less-visible contributors on the defensive line making waves in 2012, Hayes did not practice Thursday or Friday. If Hayes can’t go, it might open the door for Conrath to make his regular-season debut.
Unfortunately some key contributors are still out. WR Danny Amendola, who is still being classified as having a shoulder injury though conflicting reports say he actually suffered a dislocated clavicle in last Thursday’s game, will miss at least Sunday’s game and likely many more. T Rodger Saffold (knee) is out for another week, and LB Mario Haggan (thigh), who has played mostly on special teams, is also ruled out this week.
On the Dolphins side, two players who were expected to make contributions on Sunday have been officially ruled out. RB Daniel Thomas, who splits carries with RB Reggie Bush, will miss the game with concussion symptoms. And CB Richard Marshall, who started the first four games for the Dolphins, will miss his second straight game with a back injury. CB Nolan Carroll will likely start in his place.
Carroll’s participation isn’t guaranteed either, though. Carroll (Achilles), WR Brian Hartline (quad), S Reshad Jones (back/heel), and Bush (knee) are all listed as probable. Starting OLB Kevin Burnett (ankle) is questionable but also likely to play.