Here are some thoughts on Miami’s second practice:
The Dolphins did not get any good news with the change of the NFL and NFLPA’s drug policy. Defensive end Dion Jordan and safety Reshad Jones will continue to serve their four-game suspensions for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs and obviously absent from practice. The NFLPA released a statement of the players who can return under the new policy. That includes safety Orlando Scandrick of the Dallas Cowboys and receivers Stedman Bailey of the St. Louis Rams and Wes Welker of the Denver Broncos. Jordan and Jones will be eligible to return for Miami’s Week 6 game against the Green Bay Packers.
Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey practiced for the second day in a row, which is a good sign of his progress. In addition, Wednesday was a full-padded practice. That was a first for Pouncey as well. Pouncey believes he can play in Sunday’s game against Kansas City but understands the decision will be made by Miami’s coaching and medical staff. In the meantime, Pouncey needs as much practice as possible to shake off the rust.
Dolphins starting guard Shelley Smith (knee) did not practice Wednesday in the portion open to the media. This is the second practice Smith has missed, which is not a good sign for his chances to play on Sunday. Miami linebacker Koa Misi and rookie defensive end Terrence Fede also did not practice during the media viewing portion.
The Dolphins reportedly worked out former San Francisco 49ers running back LaMichael James on Tuesday but did not sign him to a contract. Miami has four healthy running backs to take into Sunday’s game in Lamar Miller, Daniel Thomas and rookies Damien Williams and Orleans Darkwa.