PREGAME NOTES: Rookies Davis and Gillislee To Make Debut; Other Notes

Posted Sep 22, 2013

Third-round draft pick Davis missed first two games due to injury.

Rookie cornerback Will Davis is finally healthy enough to be among the 46 active players today and will make his NFL debut against the Atlanta Falcons. Fellow rookie running back Mike Gillislee, a fifth-round pick out of the University of Florida, is also making his debut.

After a promising training camp and start to the preseason, Davis, a third-round pick out of Utah State, was causing some excitement among the coaching staff and his teammates with his ball skills. But a toe injury suffered in the fourth preseason game against Tampa Bay has hampered him ever since and he was unable to play in Miami’s first two road wins, so he is even more eager to take the field at Sun Life Stadium than some of his teammates.

Defensive tackle Paul Soliai, one of the stalwarts among the front four on the defensive line, will miss his first game since 2009 and his first start since 2011 due to a knee injury and cornerback Dimitri Patterson will miss his second consecutive start of the season with a groin injury. They are joined on today’s inactive list by rookie cornerback Jamar Taylor (groin), third-string quarterback Pat Devlin (ankle), linebacker Josh Kaddu, guard Danny Watkins and rookie guard Dallas Thomas.

Nolan Carroll will start in place of Patterson again at right cornerback and another Pro Bowler, Randy Starks, will replace Soliai in the starting lineup at defensive tackle.

For the Falcons, running back Steven Jackson (hamstring) and left tackle Sam Baker (knee, toe) were ruled out of the game earlier in the week. Safeties Kemal Ishmael and Zeke Motta, linebacker Jamar Chaney, guard Harland Gunn and defensive tackle Travian Robertson rounded out the inactives.


There was a very youthful feel to today’s home opener, as the big promotion surrounding the game, Kids Kickoff, centered on kids. Not only did boys and girls under the age of 15 receive tickets for $15 but also a select group of kids are going to lead the team out of the tunnel and others will line the field for the introduction of the Dolphins players.

Another select group of kids will join the players on the sideline during the National Anthem and kids will announce game action over the public address system throughout the game. After the game, families will be invited onto the field to play.


Right tackle Tyson Clabo, cornerback Brent Grimes and linebacker Jason Trusnik served as today’s team captains for Miami. Clabo and Grimes both played for the Falcons before signing as free agents – Clabo for nine seasons and Grimes for seven. … The home fans got to see the new white-on-white look of the team’s uniforms with the new logo for the first time in a regular-season game.
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