Secondary Concerns

The Dolphins got some good news on Wednesday when Keith Traylor was able to take part in all of practice. If he plays against Detroit, that would be a big boost for the run defense. The pass defense, however, might be an issue because of a couple of injuries sustained in the Minnesota game.

Cornerback Will Allen (groin) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game, but even if he plays he'll obvously be at less than 100 percent. Then there's Michael Lehan, who got hit in the nose against the Vikings. He's listed as probable.

Finally, you have safety Travares Tillman, who underwent surgery on Tuesday after fracturing a hand against the Vikings. Coach Nick Saban said Tillman probably wouldn't be out that long, but he won't play against Detroit.

The injuries have left the Dolphins pretty thin in the secondary, and the possibility exists that the Dolphins could make a roster move for the game, such as promoting safety Norman LeJeune from the practice squad.

Of course, such a move would require the Dolphins to clear a roster spot, so they would have to waive somebody.

The timing is interesting because Detroit figures to emphasize its passing game against the Dolphins because running back Kevin Jones is expected to miss the game because of an ankle injury.

The Lions haven't exactly lit up the scoreboard this season, but their passing game has had some big days, particularly wide receiver Roy Williams.

So the Dolphins' injury problems in the secondary don't come at a great time. Of course, it will help things tremendously if the Dolphins can put pressure on quarterback Jon Kitna, who has been inconsistent all season.

If Will Allen can't play, you can expect Travis Daniels to return to the starting lineup alongside Andre' Goodman, with Yeremiah Bell and Renaldo Hill again at safety.

With the secondary really playing well the last few games, you really hope the injuries won't stop the momentum that has been built.

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