Notes from Dolphins practice


DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins returned to practice Wednesday following a 38-24 defeat to the New England Patriots on "Monday Night Football."

Here are several notes from the locker room:

  • Veteran cornerback Will Allen is happy to be back with Miami. He was released when the team cut down to 53 players before the regular season. Allen said he had no ill feelings about Miami's decision. "This is a business," Allen said. "You just gotta understand that you can't take anything personal. As soon as you start taking stuff personal, you need to sit down and [quit]."

  • Allen will be wearing No. 38 this season. It's an odd choice because Allen wore No. 25 his entire career with the Dolphins and New York Giants. Allen said there's no particular reason behind his new number. Miami rookie corner Jimmy Wilson has No. 25 and Allen couldn't switch because players can't change numbers once a regular-season game is played.

  • Dolphins starting corner Sean Smith said he's not worried about future cramping. Smith claims he's never had issues with it in Miami before Monday. Smith and fellow corner Vontae Davis cramped up in the second half versus New England and were in and out of the lineup. "I’m in top-notch shape; I was hydrated," Smith said. "I have no clue what the reason for that was."

  • Speaking of injuries, Miami is getting healthier at running back. Tailback Daniel Thomas (hamstring) and fullback Charles Clay (hamstring) both had full participation in practice. Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano said starting tailback Reggie Bush played every offensive snap last Monday against New England.

  • Dolphins who did not practice Wednesday were defensive end Jason Taylor (ankle), safety Chris Clemons (hamstring), defensive end Tony McDaniel (hand) and receiver Roberto Wallace (quad).