Pregame Notes: Dolphins - Raiders

Quarterback Jay Cutler will return to the starting lineup Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.


Cutler missed the previous game against the Baltimore Ravens because of a rib injury he sustained in the 31-28 victory against the New York Jets on Oct. 22.

With Cutler active, new quarterback David Fales will be among the inactives.

Parker returns: Wide receiver DeVante Parker will make his return to the lineup after missing three games because of an ankle injury.

Parker last played in the 16-10 victory against the Tennessee Titans on Oct. 8.


Larsen sits: Veteran offensive lineman Ted Larsen, who activated from injured reserve Saturday, will have to wait a little longer to make his season debut as he's among the Dolphins inactives.

That means that Jesse Davis will make his second consecutive start at left guard.


Branch back: Also back in the starting lineup will be defensive end Andre Branch, who missed the game against Baltimore because of a groin injury. Also in the lineup will be defensive end William Hayes, who was listed as questionable Friday because of a hamstring injury.

Inactive info: Other than Fales and Larsen, the Dolphins inactives will include LB Stephone Anthony, G Isaac Asiata, WR Rashawn Scott and DT Vincent Taylor.

Safety Maurice Smith will be in the lineup after being inactive against the Ravens last Thursday.

Opponent info: The Raiders inactives are CB David Amerson, CB Gareon Conley, QB Connor Cook, FB/RB Jamize Olawale, T David Sharpe, DE Jihad Ward and T Jylan Ware.

Aye aye captain: Long-snapper John Denney, who will join Dan Marino and Jason Taylor tonight as the only players to appear in 200 games for the Dolphins, will serve as a game captain along with season captains Mike Pouncey, Kenny Stills, Ndamukong Suh, Cameron Wake and Michael Thomas.


This and that: The Dolphins will be wearing "One Florida" stickers on the back of their helmets, which they began doing against the Chargers and will do the whole season. … The Dolphins will be wearing all-aqua uniforms. … Darius Rucker of Hootie and the Blowfish fame will sing the national anthem.

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