Pregame Notes | Dolphins vs. Bills

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  • Wide receiver Isaiah Ford could be in line to make his NFL debut Sunday when the Dolphins face the Buffalo Bills at Hard Rock Stadium.
  • Ford, who was promoted from the practice squad this week, will be among the five active wide receivers against the Bills, along with Kenny Stils, DeVante Parker, Leonte Carroo and Brice Butler.
  • Wide receiver Danny Amendola will be inactive because of the knee injury he sustained against the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday.
  • Amendola was listed as doubtful on the final injury report of the week.
  • Jake Brendel will make his third consecutive start, but this one will be at center.
  • Brendel started the past two games at left guard, but against the Bills he will replace Travis Swanson, who is inactive because of the ankle injury he sustained last week.
  • Ted Larsen will resume his role as the starting left guard.
  • With Swanson out, veteran Wesley Johnson will be active for the third time in four games.
  • Johnson will join Sam Young as the backups behind starters Laremy Tunsil, Ja'Wuan James, Jesse Davis, Brendel and Larsen.
  • Tight end A.J. Derby, who was listed as questionable because of foot and knee injuries, will be inactive for the eighth time in nine games.
  • The active tight ends will be Nick O'Leary and rookies Mike Gesicki and Durham Smythe.
  • A large number of Dolphins players will be wearing special shoes today as part of the NFL's My Cause, My Cleats campaign.
  • Included in the group are defensive end Andre Branch, who is paying tribute to RISE (Ross Initiative in Sports of Equality), the non-profit organization founded by Dolphins owner Stephen Ross with the idea of harnessing the unifying power of sports to improve race relations, and tackle Sam Young, who is supporting the Dolphins Cancer Challenge.
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  • Young, who has family members who have been affected by cancer, serves on the Board of Directors of the DCC. "I throw my full weight behind this cause," Young told Dolphins.com in October. "I throw my full weight behind this cause. It's local. I'm from the community. It just makes sense for me."
  • RISE hosts programs throughout the year designed not only to help improve race relations but also to help foster better relationships between law enforcement officers and the community. The latest example of RISE's work came Tuesday when the organization teamed with Football Unites to host a workshop at Hialeah High School in the morning and a visit to the North Miami Police Athletic League and Police Ride-Along in the afternoon.
  • Here is a complete list of all of the players involved in the My Cause, My Cleats campaign, along with their cause: S Walt Aikens (diabetes), WR Danny Amendola (combat injured veterans), CB Cornell Armstrong (empowering student-athletes to transition from high school to college); LB Jerome Baker (Boys & Girls Club); DE Andre Branch (RISE); G Jake Brendel (sudden cardiac arrest in youth); Leonte Carroo (pancreatic cancer); John Denney (assisted therapy programs for those with special needs); TE A.J. Derby (military appreciation); RB Kenyan Drake (Boys & Girls Club); TE Mike Gesicki (childhood cancer); WR Jakeem Grant (cerebral palsy); DE Charles Harris (multiple sclerosis); T Ja'Wuan James (Boys & Girls Club); C Daniel Kilgore (physical activity for special education students); guard G Ted Larsen (NICU); CB Torry McTyer (suicide prevention); QB Brock Osweiler (military appreciation); K Jason Sanders (military appreciation); S Maurice Smith (gun violence); WR Kenny Stills (social justice); QB Ryan Tannehill (freedom from slavery and human trafficking, clean water); DE Cameron Wake (engaging, empowering and educating young men through mentorship); DE Jonathan Woodard (suicide prevention); and Sam Young (cancer).
  • As part of Alumni Weekend, six former players were inducted into the Dolphins Walk of Fame before the game—Dick Anderson, Mark Clayton, Mark Duper, Jon Giesler, John Offerdahl and Jason Taylor. The six will be honored at halftime.
  • Along with Amendola, Swanson and Derby, the Dolphins inactives will be QB David Fales, G Isaac Asiata, T Zach Sterup and DE Jonathan Woodard.
  • The list of Bills inactives includes tight end Logan Thomas, who was a quarterback for the Dolphins during parts of the 2015-16 seasons. The other inactives are QB Derek Anderson, WR Ray-Ray McCloud III, CB Ryan Lewis, G Vladimir Ducasse, T Conor McDermott and G John Miller.
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  • As a reminder, the Dolphins will wear their 1966 throwback uniforms. The old Dolphins logo is at midfield at Hard Rock Stadium, along with old-style end zones.
  • The weather forecast for Miami Gardens between 1-4 p.m., according to AccuWeather, calls for temperatures between 84 and 87 degrees with partly sunny skies, although the forecast is for showers during the 2 p.m. hour. The wind will be 12 mph.

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