Linebacker Jason Trusnik was noticeably upset on the sidelines after San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s 50-yard, game-clinching touchdown Sunday.
At Dolphins camp Wednesday, he explained why.
“I just kind of overplayed [it],” Trusnik said. “They were running a zone read, and I took one too many steps and Kaepernick’s a good athlete. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get to him.”
Odds are, Trusnik will get a chance to make amends this coming weekend. Unless Koa Misi makes an unexpectedly quick recovery from the ankle injury he sustained in San Francisco, Trusnik will likely get the start Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Misi missed practice Wednesday and was out of the media’s sight throughout the day, further indications that he won’t be available to play this week.
Trusnik said his preparation won’t change either way; if he does start, it will be for the 16th time in his seven-year career. There’s no doubt the Dolphins think highly of Trusnik; they signed him to a two-year contract extension earlier this season.
“It’s great to see they like what I’m doing, special teams, defense, enough for me to stay around for a little while,” Trusnik said. “I’m happy to stay here, I like it here.”
Along with Misi, Davone Bess (back) missed practice Wednesday, riding the exercise bike while his teammates were on the field.
Jimmy Wilson (hip) and Chris Clemons (ribs) were limited in their participation. Jonathon Amaya (neck), Karlos Dansby (biceps), Brandon Fields (right knee), Brian Hartline (gluteus) and Austin Spitler (ankle) worked without limitation.
For the Jaguars, seven players missed practice altogether, including their top two running backs: Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) and Rashad Jennings (concussion).
Walk of fame
The Dolphins will induct six former players into their Walk of Fame —located at Gate C’s Joe Robbie Alumni Plaza — before Sunday’s game: DT Tim Bowens (1994-2004), LB A.J. Duhe (1977-1984), DT Manny Fernandez (1968-1975), WR Nat Moore (1974-1986), QB Earl Morrall (1972-1976) and QB Don Strock (1974-1987).
The induction class features “unsung heroes” throughout Dolphins history.
Thomas stays mum
Running back Daniel Thomas was noticeably tight-lipped when asked about his decreased role in last Sunday’s loss to San Francisco. Thomas appeared in just 13 snaps, his lowest participation of the season.
“I’ve got no choice,” Thomas said. “I just do as I’m told.”
This and that
• Dozens of Dolphins players handed out gifts to South Florida youths Wednesday at the annual Fins and Kids Holiday Toy Event at the team’s Davie training complex.
In politics, they call it a gaffe when you unintentionally tell the truth. Cue quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who said this to Miami reporters Wednesday: “We realize we’re out of the playoff race ...”
• Newest Dolphin Armon Binns, a wide receiver claimed off waivers from the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday, on making a mark in Miami: “It’s a great opportunity. I’ve just got to go out there and make the most of my opportunities.”