One week after making his NFL debut with less than 24 hours notice, rookie Sam Brenner
will start at left guard again today next to veteran Nate Garner
, who is making his second career start at center.
Regular starting center Mike Pouncey
still is recovering from the illness that sidelined him last week for the first time in this three-year career and he will miss is second consecutive game. Meanwhile, starting cornerback Dimitri Patterson
is still dealing with that nagging groin injury and he will miss today’s game, which means Nolan Carroll
will start in his place.
Third-string quarterback Pat Devlin
, guard Danny Watkins
, defensive tackle Isaako Aaitui
, rookie running back Mike Gillislee
, and right tackle Jonathan Martin
are the other inactive players for Miami.
For the Panthers, they only had to designate three more players – wide receiver Tavarres King, wide receiver Marvin McNutt and running back Kenjon Barner – as inactive today after ruling out linebacker Chase Blackburn (foot), tight end Ben Hartsock (knee), defensive end Charles Johnson (knee) and guard Chris Scott (knee) on Friday. A.J. Klein is starting at weak side linebacker for Blackburn, Mario Addison is starting at left defensive end for Johnson and Nate Chandler is starting at right guard in place of Scott. THIS AND THAT
Today’s team captains for the Dolphins are defensive tackle Randy Starks
, long snapper John Denney
and running back Daniel Thomas
and the honorary captains are former Dolphins cornerbacks Sam Madison and Patrick Surtain. … Melanie Amaro, who won Season 1 of “X Factor USA,” and is a Sony recording artist hailing from South Florida will perform the National Anthem. … The Patrick Air Force Base Honor Guard will present the colors. … The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders and ACROAMERICAS are the halftime entertainment. … This late in November typically brings cold temperatures to NFL Sundays and even some snow, but that’s not the case today at Sun Life Stadium. The skies above are clear and blue and it is pleasant shorts weather for everyone in attendance.