Written by Luis Sung | Twitter: @FLSportDebater
Earlier in the week, there was speculation regarding whether or not players like Randy Starks and Knowshon Moreno would be ready for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills due to Starks being in a walking boot and being limited in practice throughout the week and apparently Moreno hurt his shoulder against New England.
Thankfully, both players, who are big time contributors to the team's success, have been officially listed as probable and will be playing against Buffalo on Sunday.
Moreno - who last week against the New England Patriots ran for 134 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries - will likely be called on to make plays against a very good Buffalo defensive line and a linebacker in Brandon Spikes who excels in run defense, as well as make a difference in the passing game to possibly take advantage of a linebacker corp who struggles in pass coverage due to the loss of Kiko Alonso. Moreno is also an adept pass-blocker in the backfield and may be called upon to help in case one of the Bills' defenders gets through the line.
Starks has been an integral part of the Dolphins' line for the past seven years including this year, and he has never missed a game as a Miami Dolphin. Starks was seen in a walking boot during practices throughout the week due to an injury he suffered to his toe, but he's been determined to keep his perfect record going and it seems like he'll be able to do just then. Nevertheless, it isn't unreasonable to think that Starks might get a few less snaps against Buffalo and Jared Odrick and Earl Mitchell will be asked to step up to make up for a still beat-up Starks.
The biggest surprise comes from linebacker Philip Wheeler. It had been reported earlier this week that Wheeler would be ruled out with an injury to his thumb, but this most recent report states that Wheeler will likely play, giving the Dolphins at least one of their starting linebackers back. Twitter has been abuzz with statements that Wheeler being out was a good thing as it would give more chances to the young linebackers. Perhaps the coaches know something that the rest of us don't, as Wheeler continues to the starting SLB despite the rise of rookie Chris McCain.
The entire injury report is as follows: