Pregame Notes | Dolphins vs. Patriots

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  • Wide receiver Danny Amendola will be in the lineup to face his former team when the Dolphins face the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday.
  • Amendola, who missed the game against the Buffalo Bills last week, was listed as questionable on the final injury report after being limited all week because of a knee injury.
  • Center Travis Swanson also will be active after being listed as questionable on the injury report.
  • Like Amendola, Swanson was limited in practice all week after sitting out the game against Bufalo.
  • Swanson will retake his spot in the starting lineup between guards Ted Larsen and Jesse Davis.
  • Cornerback Jalen Davis will be active and in line for make his NFL debut, one day after being promoted from the practice squad.
  • Davis, a rookie free agent from Utah State, has been on the practice squad all season.
  • As indicated on the final injury report, cornerback Xavien Howard (knee) and center Jake Brendel (calf) both will miss the game because of injuries.
  • A large number of Dolphins players are taking part again in the NFL’s My Cause, My Cleats campaign today.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Along with Howard and Brendel, the Dolphins inactives will be QB David Fales, G Isaac Asiata, T Zach Sterup, DE Jonathan Woodard and WR Isaiah Ford.
  • The list of Patriots inactives includes offensive lineman James Ferentz, defensive back Duke Dawson, cornerback Keion Crossen, defensive lineman Danny Shelton, defensive end Keionta Davis, tight end Dwayne Allen and defensive end Derek Rivers.
  • Former Patriots running back Brandon Bolden will be serving as a game captain, joining season captains Ryan Tannehill, Kenny Stills, Bobby McCain, Walt Aikens and John Denney.
  • The Dolphins again will be wearing 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 partly cloudy skies with temperatures of 84-85 degrees and winds of 13-14 mph.

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