The outlook for Daniel Thomas’ return brightened Wednesday, as the concussed running back practiced fully after being held out all of last week.
Thomas suffered the head injury in the season opener against Houston, and although he passed his cognitive tests, the team kept him out of the Raiders game for precautionary reasons.
Receiver Anthony Armstrong, who missed the Raiders game with a tweaked hamstring, practiced on a limited basis Wednesday. He later told reporters that he “feels good” after the session and should play against the Jets.
Richard Marshall, the Dolphins’ starting corner, also missed parts of practice after experiencing back tightness against Oakland, yet had the same optimism regarding his availability.
Meanwhile, defensive tackle Andre Fluellen, who signed with the team in time to take part in Wednesday’s practice, might be needed Sunday because Tony McDaniel was held out due to a knee injury.
When asked if Fluellen could play against the Jets if the situation warranted, Dolphins coach Joe Philbin took a wait-and-see approach.
“He’s got some quickness and athleticism,” Philbin said. “I certainly recall him lining up across from some of the teams I coached at before. Maybe he gives us a change of pace inside.”
WR Marlon Moore (hamstring) was also limited in his participation, while LB Jonathan Freeny (thumb), RB Lamar Smith (ankle), LB Koa Misi (foot) and CB Jimmy Wilson (back) all practiced fully.
REVIS LIMITED IN PRACTICE
The Jets’ top injury concern involves cornerback Darrelle Revis, who missed the teams’ Week 2 loss to Pittsburgh with a concussion. Jets coach Rex Ryan told reporters Wednesday that Revis has been cleared to practice, but not for contact. Revis, a three-time All-Pro, was limited in his participation in Wednesday’s workout.
Should Revis play, a logical match up would be against Brian Hartline, who leads all Dolphins receivers with 12 catches for 161 yards. Pro Football Focus has Hartline rated the NFL’s 11th-best wideout after the season’s first two weeks.
“That’s fine with me,” Hartline said, when asked about possibly visiting Revis Island. “I’m looking forward to it. … I’ve got a lot of respect for him, but I’m just going to go about my business and see what it brings me.”
Also for the Jets, TE Dustin Keller (hamstring), LB Bryan Thomas (hamstring), DB Eric Smith (hip/knee) and RB John Conner (knee) did not practice. OL Dennis Landolt (knee) has been ruled out.
ODDS AND ENDS
• The league named running back Reggie Bush the AFC Offensive Player of the Week after his two-touchdown, 172-yard day against the Raiders.
“I think it just means we’re doing something right on offense,” Bush said. “Obviously, it’s not just about me. This award is about the rest of the guys on the team.”
• While Jets-Dolphins might be old hat for veterans like Jake Long and Paul Soliai, Sunday will be the first taste of the rivalry for Philbin and Ryan Tannehill.
“I think everybody’s pretty excited,” Tannehill said. “There’s a lot of buzz on the practice field. Everybody’s pretty pumped up. ‘It’s Jets Week! It’s Jets Week!’”
Added Philbin: “There seemed to be a little more bounce this morning as I walked into the team meeting. You could tell a little bit different attitude at 8 in the morning.”
• At one point in the Dolphins’ victory against Oakland, Miami had three rookies on their defensive line: Derrick Shelby, Olivier Vernon and Kheeston Randall.