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PREGAME NOTES: Thomas Toughing It Out For Season Finale; Other Notes

Posted Dec 29, 2013

Third-year running back set to play against Jets with a sore ankle.



After making a speedier recovery than anticipated the first time around from his ankle injury, Miami Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas will duplicate the feat for today’s regular-season finale against the New York Jets.

Thomas originally injured the ankle back on November 24th in Miami’s home loss to the Carolina Panthers and was feared to have been lost for the season. He missed the next game at the Jets but returned with a purpose the following week at the Pittsburgh Steelers, rushing for 105 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. His 55-yard run in the fourth quarter set up the game-winning touchdown.

But Thomas appeared to re-aggravate the ankle two weeks ago at home against the New England Patriots, coming out for a few plays before returning to catch a touchdown pass from quarterback Ryan Tannehill. He gutted it out last week in the freezing rain and cold at the Buffalo Bills and worked hard all week in practice this week to try and make himself available for today’s game. Thomas tested out the ankle less than three hours before kickoff and was able to convince the trainers he could play.

Rookie running back Mike Gillislee will be inactive again, joining third-string quarterback Pat Devlin, rookie cornerback Will Davis, guards David Arkin and Danny Watkins, rookie defensive tackle A.J. Francis and cornerback Jalil Brown. Veteran Nate Garner will start at left guard in place of rookie Sam Brenner.

For the Bills, quarterback David Garrard, running back Darius Reynaud, linebacker Jermaine Cunningham, rookie guard Will Campbell, offensive tackle Ben Ijalana, rookie offensive lineman Oday Aboushi and rookie tight end Chris Pantale are inactive.

THIS AND THAT

Tannehill, cornerback/safety Jimmy Wilson and linebacker Jason Trusnik are Miami’s team captains today and will head to midfield for the coin toss. Tannehill represents the offense, Wilson the defense and Trusnik the special teams. … Kim Bokamper, O.J. McDuffie, Keith Sims and Mercury Morris are today’s honorary captains on the day all four were inducted into the Dolphins Walk of Fame. … Sun Life Stadium is not so sunny this afternoon as a significant cloud cover is overhead with possible rain in the forecast. … The Season Ticket Member Choir will perform today’s National Anthem and the Homestead Air Reserve Base will present the colors. … During halftime there will be a fan appreciation ceremony.

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