- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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DAVIE, Fla. -- The injury bug has been prevalent among Miami Dolphins cornerbacks. Veteran Dimitri Patterson (groin) and rookies Jamar Taylor (groin) and Will Davis (toe) are all dealing with various ailments. That’s one reason the Dolphins kept 11 defensive backs on their roster.
But Miami’s secondary got some good news Tuesday when Davis, the team’s third-round pick, returned to practice. He’s been injured since the fourth preseason game and missed the preseason finale and regular-season opener against the Cleveland Browns.
Davis said he’s optimistic about playing Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. Barring any setbacks during the practice week, Davis could be ready to make his regular-season debut and add depth to Miami’s banged-up secondary.
“The sense of urgency to get back on the field, you do put on yourself, especially as a rookie,” Davis explained. “You just got to the league and you’re excited to be here, but at the same time you want to play. Then, when you see how things are going with the secondary, you want to help. You don’t want to be a reason why [the group] is hurting.”
Miami drafted Taylor and Davis in the second and third rounds, respectively, to boost the team's pass defense. The Dolphins were ranked 27th against the pass in 2012 and would like at least one of these rookies to contribute this season.
Both rookies have been injured, but Davis showed a lot of promise in training camp with multiple interceptions in practice. He’s been sidelined for nearly three weeks but hopes to work off the rust this week in practice before potentially facing Indianapolis.
“It feels good to be out, but I’m definitely not where I want to be,” Davis said. “But in the sense of progress, I’m just glad to get back on the field. ... It felt good to just gradually get back in there.”