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Dolphins practice report: Cortland Finnegan out

DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins (6-4) began preparation for Sunday’s big game against the Denver Broncos (7-3).

Here are several notes and observations from Tuesday’s session:

  • The major injury concern this week is the ankle of starting cornerback Cortland Finnegan, who did not participate in the portion of practice open to the media. Finnegan was injured in a Week 10 loss to the Detroit Lions and missed last week’s game against Buffalo Bills. Finnegan is needed this week against Denver's variety of offensive weapons.

  • Miami backup linebacker Jonathan Freeny, as expected, also did not practice. Freeny suffered a hamstring against the Bills, and multiple sources tell ESPN.com Freeny is expected to miss approximately four weeks. Freeny is one of the team’s better special-teams players. The Dolphins also lost backup corner Will Davis and backup safety Michael Thomas in recent weeks, which also hurts their special teams.

  • Miami’s practice bubble was purposely made colder by head coach Joe Philbin. His team hasn’t played in a game below 50 degrees all season. It’s expected to be around 30-35 degrees in Denver on Sunday.

  • The Dolphins received some good injury news. Starting guard Daryn Colledge practiced, which is a good sign he could return Sunday. Colledge missed the past two games with a back injury. If healthy, Colledge would start over Shelley Smith at left guard.