Dolphins injury report and week 7 prediction
By Josh Binder
The Dolphins are thin in the secondary. Everybody knows it, but nobody is talking about it. After giving up Will Davis to the Ravens, who wasn’t playing well himself, the Dolphins don’t have much depth behind starters Brent Grimes and Brice McCain. At the safety positions, Reshad Jones is playing at a pro bowl caliber level, but Michael Thomas and Walt Aikens are stuck in a time share. To top it all off, ESPN’s James Walker reported that the Dolphins will most likely be without starting cornerback Brice McCain this week against the Texans.
In the history of the Dolphins franchise, the Phins have never beat the Texans. I’m serious, not even once. Since the Texans joined the NFL in 2002, the Dolphins are 0-7 against the “other” Texas football team. With Dan Campbell at the helm, God bless, the Dolphins will look to turn things around and finally get that first win. Unfortunately, as I stated earlier, things won’t get any easier after inevitably losing Brice McCain this week with an injured knee.
According to the report by James Walker, McCain injured his knee against the Titans, and things haven’t gotten better this week in practice.
"“McCain initially injured his knee in last week’s win over the Tennessee Titans. He missed all three practices this week, which is a strong indication that he won’t play against Houston. Jamar Taylor is expected to start in place of McCain.”"
Luckily, aside from McCain, the Dolphins are relatively healthy heading into week 7 against the Texans. Below is a full injury report for the Dolphins, provided by ESPN:
Doubtful: CB Brice McCain (knee)
Probable: DE Cameron Wake (knee), CB Brent Grimes (knee, ribs), LT Branden Albert (hamstring), DT AJ Francis (back), WR Kenny Stills (back), C Mike Pouncey (hip), DT Jordan Phillips (ankle), QB Matt Moore (nose), S Reshad Jones (shoulder).
I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for the Dolphins to take the field at home agains the Texans this Sunday. With a charged up team firing on all cylinders, look for the Phins to be aggressive on both sides of the ball. The defense must stop Arian Foster and the offense must get Lamar Miller going. If they are able to do so, the Dolphins should win by a comfortable margin. My prediction, the Dolphins put up another strong performance and finally get a much needed win against the Texans–Dolphins 24, Texans 17.