The schedule offers no relief for Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins’ struggling air attack.
A week after facing the Jets’ Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie, Miami faces Arizona’s Patrick Peterson and the league’s seventh-best pass defense Sunday.
Peterson, the Cardinals’ multithreat cornerback, has allowed just five completions in the 16 passes thrown to the receiver he is defending this season.
“It’s his second year in the league, but he plays like a veteran,” said Tannehill, whose 58.2 passer rating is worst in the NFL. “He’s a great corner.”
Added Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt: “What really stands out with Patrick is his work ethic, his commitment to the game. He studies very hard, he works hard in practice, he wants to be a very good football player.”
Running back Reggie Bush (knee) wasn’t the only Dolphins player to miss practice Wednesday. Defensive tackle Tony McDaniel (knee) and linebacker Austin Spitler (groin) also were held out. Cornerbacks Nolan Carroll (Achilles) and Richard Marshall (back) were limited, as were receiver Marlon Moore and defensive tackle Randy Starks. Defensive tackle Andre Fluellen (hamstring) practiced fully.
The Cardinals held five players out of practice: Defensive tackle Darnell Dockett, tight ends Jim Dray and Todd Heap, fullback Anthony Sherman and running back LaRod Stephens-Howling.
Don’t expect to hear any more criticism of the replacement officials out of Davie.
Bush, one of several players who had pointed comments about the refs on Twitter, told reporters that coach Joe Philbin has issued a gag order on the topic.
“Why would I do that? It’s a free country isn’t it?” Philbin said with a sly smile Wednesday. “I honestly think the [refs] have done a good job in our games, I really do.”
On the run
The Dolphins’ first-year coach is a bit of numbers savant, but there’s one stat even Philbin didn’t know before Wednesday: Five players have rushing touchdowns for his team in just three games.
“I think it’s a deep position,” Philbin said of his backfield. “I think we have some guys that are capable of running the football, no doubt about it.”
Bush, Tannehill, Daniel Thomas, Lamar Miller and Jorvorskie Lane have Miami’s rushing touchdowns.
This and that
• The Dolphins will distribute commemorative posters featuring Jason Taylor and Zach Thomas to fans at the home game against the Rams on Oct. 14, the day Taylor and Thomas will be induced into the Dolphin Honor Roll.
• Said linebacker Karlos Dansby, who reached the Super Bowl as a member of the Cardinals: “We’re more talented [in Miami] than I was ever in Arizona, if you look at the stats, or you look at the players and the potential.”
• Dan Carpenter, on his two missed field-goal attempts Sunday, including the potential game-winner in overtime: “When they say, it should have been a 42-yarder and not a 48-yarder, to me that’s just a load of [garbage]. It doesn’t matter to me. If they put me out there and it’s 55, I believe I can make it.”