This week has been up and down crazy for the Miami Dolphins. Heading into their pivotal game againt the Jacksonville Jaguars, the team has had good news, bad news, good news, and my lord what can be next. Earlier in the week, Jason Taylor and Joey Porter were both out with injuries. Jason returned…Porter did not. And so went the week.
Porter has now returned to practice and Jake Grove who had missed a day then returned to practice is now back out and listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game. Lydon Murtha, an offensive lineman that has been activated for only 1 game in his 7 as a Dolphin hurt his ankle after practice on Wed. Woke up Thursday to find that his light injury was more severe. The Phins placed him on IR.
To make room for a new Olineman to be added to the PS, the Phins released CB Will Billingsley…yet his name still remained on the teams locker…is he gone or isn’t he? The Phins moved up CB Evan Oglesby from the practice squad.
Nate Jones who had been out earlier in the week returned to practice but he too missed Friday as well according to reports. The up and down game of who will play and who won’t comes at the end of preparation for the Phins to face a tough running Jaguar team who as of now sits with the final playoff spot in the AFC.
The Phins will have to contain high flying tough running Maurice Jones-Drew and the arm of not-so-mobile Dave Garrard. The Phins won’t likely have to face a deafening crowd as the game still has a couple thousand tickets remaining. The Jaguars are sitting at 7-5 and a victory would all but officially eliminate Miami from the playoff hunt.
The Dolphins currently sit one game behind the Jaguars and the Baltimore Ravens and while the Phins don’t control their own destiny quite yet, a victory would go a long way in helping the Phins reach the playoffs for a second consecutive season. The Phins are in a position that almost requires them to win out as their remaining games are all against playoff contending teams.