Dolphins-Cowboys Personnel Files

As we get closer to the Dolphins-Cowboys battle, we examine news and notes involving players on both teams.

DALLAS COWBOYS

-- WR Terry Glenn underwent arthroscopic right knee surgery Thursday morning in Columbus, Ohio, by Ohio State's team orthopedic surgeon Dr. Christopher Kaeding. Glenn had torn cartilage removed and may still need micro-fracture surgery in the future. He chose to get scoped in hopes of getting back on the field this season. He should be out four to six weeks. The Cowboys are going to keep a roster spot open for him as long as possible.

-- NT Remi Ayodele realized a dream when he was signed to the Cowboys to replace the injured Jason Ferguson. Ayodele gets to play alongside his brother, starting inside linebacker Akin Ayodele, for the first time.

"It's a dream come true," Remi Ayodele said. "I got a big smile on my face. That was the main goal trying to get on the same team. That rarely happens."

Ayodele went to training camp with the Cowboys but was released on final cutdowns. He was then signed by the Atlanta Falcons before being cut before the season opener. DT Jason Ferguson's injury in Sunday's game against the Giants paved the way for Remi's return. He will backup Jay Ratliff at nose tackle.

-- LB Greg Ellis participated in individual drills on Thursday. It was his second straight day of doing something in practice for the first time since suffering a torn left Achilles. Coach Wade Phillips said he was encouraged by Ellis' progress but wasn't ready to rule Ellis in or out of Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

-- CB Terence Newman participated in team drills and also played some nickel in practice Thursday for the first time since suffering a tear in his right plantar fascia a month ago. Coach Wade Phillips said he is encouraged by Newman's progress but said it could be a game time decision.

-- NT Jay Ratliff has a new starting job and a new phone buddy. Ratliff talks every day with injured nose tackle Jason Ferguson, who Ratliff is replacing in the starting lineup.

Ferguson gives him tips and guidance on how to play the position. Though Ratliff is a defensive end by trade, he feels he can handle the move.

"It's an opportunity and I feel pretty comfortable with it," said Ratliff, who had the Cowboys' only sack against the Giants. "I believe if I couldn't handle it, I wouldn't be here."

MIAMI DOLPHINS

-- RB Jesse Chatman has a bruised left knee and hasn't practiced this week, making him doubtful for Sunday's game. If so, then it's possible that rookie RB Lorenzo Booker will be activated to return kicks alongside rookie Ted Ginn Jr. "If they call on me I'll be ready. That's my job," Booker said.

-- RB Patrick Cobbs, who had an outstanding exhibition season, will probably be activated Sunday after not making the active roster in the season opener. Cobbs also plays special teams, and should get a few carries in the backfield when Ronnie Brown tires or falters. "I prepare every week as if I'm going to play anyways," Cobbs said. "This week if I get the call I'll be ready for it."

-- DE Rob Ninkovich, who was claimed off waivers from New Orleans last week, could be activated Sunday, particularly with the recent release of DE Akbar Gbaja-Biamila.

--S Cameron Worrell should get a lot of playing time Sunday because the new recently acquired safeties -- Lamont Thompson and Donovin Darius -- aren't familiar with the playbook yet. If he does, expect the Cowboys to attack his side of the field.

--LB Kelvin Smith, one of three seventh-round picks by the Dolphins last April, was re-signed to the practice squad after getting cut last week.


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