Rookie safety Brodney Pool twisted his ankle in practice Thursday and seems to be getting worse. He was listed as probable Friday morning but after practice his condition was downgraded to questionable, which means there is a 50 percent chance of him playing.
Pool is not a starter, but he is an important part of the schemes using five or six defensive backs. Safety Sean Jones might have to play if Pool cannot. Jones did not play well in preseason.
Suggs might play
Lee Suggs does not want to talk about his sore thumb anymore. He was hurt Oct. 9 making a tackle against the Bears and has not played since. If he is activated Sunday he will have to play special teams again because he is not a starter. He will wear a protective shell over the thumb. He hopes to get a few carries if Reuben Droughns needs a rest.
"I can't help get frustrated sometimes, but I'll be fine," he said. "Now that I'm getting closer I can see the light at the end of the tunnel."
Suggs has not carried the ball this season. He finished 2004 with three straight 100 yard games. He rushed for 143 yards against the Dolphins in the 15th game last year.
Frerotte still hurt
Starting quarterback Gus Frerotte is the only player on the Dolphins injury report. He is questionable with a swollen right index finger that hampers him throwing. He has been able to do some throwing. Whether he plays will be a game-time decision, Coach Nick Saban said in Miami.
Sage Rosenfels, a fifth-year player with one start in his career, will start if Frerotte cannot. Blitzing Rosenfels is risky, especially if Pool does not play.
"Miami is a protection conscious team," Crennel said. "They keep people in to protect the veteran starter. You know they're going to keep people in to protect (Rosenfels). You can pick and chose your times to pressure.
"It's feast or famine. You have to decide about the pressure on the new guy or the pressure on your defensive backs."
Left guard Joe Andruzzi is still doubtful with a knee and calf injury and right guard Cosey Coleman is still questionable with a sprained right knee. Coleman participated in all portions of practice Friday, so it looks like he'll be all right.
Coleman plans to play. Whether he does will be a game-time decision, Coach Romeo Crennel said. Crennel is hoping Andruzzi could play. Andruzzi and Crennel were with the Patriots four years and know each other well.
"Because of our history together and knowing what he brings I know that he will be somewhat truthful about his situation," Crennel said.