Despite being downgraded Thursday on Miami's injury report from probable to questionable with a rib injury, Dolphins middle linebacker Zach Thomas said he will play Sunday against the New York Jets.
Thomas said he was
injured in last Sunday's 21-20 loss to Houston when Texans center Steve McKinney
landed on his chest. Thomas finished the game but only took four snaps during
Wednesday's practice. He did practice Thursday.
painful," said Thomas, who plans to wear rib protection against the Jets. "It's
kind of an annoying pain, but you can get rid of that in a
If Thomas can't play, Tommy Hendricks would make his
second NFL start at middle linebacker. Hendricks has played predominantly on
special teams in his first four NFL seasons.
"The main thing is
preparation," Hendricks said. "Take this week and prepare like I'm going to be
the starter so if something does happen, I can go in there and be
--MLB Tommy Hendricks took almost all of the
practice snaps with Miami's first-team defense Wednesday in place of the injured
Zach Thomas (ribs). While Hendricks said he would be ready if given the chance
to start his second career NFL game, Thomas said he plans to play Sunday against
the New York Jets and did practice Thursday.
--CB Sam Madison
(ankle) didn't practice Thursday, leaving his status in doubt for Sunday's game
against the New York Jets. Whether or not Madison plays will probably be a
--S Shawn Wooden (hamstring) didn't practice
Thursday, but Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt said he will play Sunday against the
New York Jets if he is able to participate in Friday's session.
--C Tim Ruddy (knee) was held out of Thursday's practice, but Dolphins coach
Dave Wannstedt said he still plans for him to start Sunday's game against the
New York Jets.
--C Seth McKinney worked with the first-team
offense Thursday in place of starter Tim Ruddy (knee). While McKinney is pushing
Ruddy for his starting spot, Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt said there would be
no changes on the first-team offensive line for Sunday's game against the New
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