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Dolphins missing two starting linebackers in practice

DAVIE, Fla. – The Miami Dolphins (7-6) will host the New England Patriots (10-3) Sunday in a big division rivalry game.

Here are some notes on Miami from Wednesday’s practice:

  • The Dolphins were without two starting linebackers for the second day in a row. Leading tackler Jelani Jenkins (foot) and Koa Misi (hamstring) did not participate during the portion of practice open to the media. It would be bad news if either or both were not able to play. Containing Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is a major focus for Miami, and it will be a lot tougher playing backup linebackers and a new safety.

  • Miami rookie linebacker Chris McCain returned to practice after missing Tuesday’s session with an ankle injury. Linebacker Jonathan Freeny (hamstring) did not practice and guard Nate Garner (illness) was not present.

  • Cornerbacks Cortland Finnegan (ankle) and Jamar Taylor (shoulder) practiced for the second day in a row, which is good news. The Dolphins certainly need cornerback depth, and both are on track to play after missing five combined games.

The Dolphins will hold their next practice on Thursday.