Cornerback Dimitri Patterson returned to practice Wednesday, an encouraging sign a day after he was held out because of a groin injury he aggravated in the Browns game.
Patterson said after the season opener in Cleveland that he doesn’t expect to miss the Colts game Sunday. His participation in Wednesday’s padded practice seemed to support that belief.
“It went good,” Patterson said. “I was able to do a lot. I felt good about what I was able to do [Wednesday]. I feel good about where I’m at.”
Added Dolphins coach Joe Philbin: “He did some good things out there. We’ll see how the week goes.”
But even with Patterson in pads, Nolan Carroll again worked with the first team in the portion of practice open to the media.
Patterson was limited in his participation Wednesday, as were Will Davis (toe) and Reshad Jones (thumb).
Jamar Taylor (hernia) and Pat Devlin (ankle) both sat out practice. Dannell Ellerbe (pectoral), Dion Jordan (shoulder), Jonathan Freeny (shoulder), Brandon Gibson (wrist) and Dion Sims (groin) all participated fully.
Missing the cut
Cameron Wake had 2 1/2 sacks and six quarterback hits. Patterson had two interceptions.
But neither Dolphin took home the AFC’s Defensive Player of the Week honors. That went to Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston, who had three sacks and five tackles Sunday.
Likewise, Brian Hartline was up for AFC Offensive Player of the Week, but the award went to the Broncos’ Peyton Manning, who tied a league record with seven touchdown passes in Week1.
• Colts owner Jim Irsay — a must-follow on Twitter because of his willingness to say just about anything — took to social media Wednesday morning to give his take on Sunday’s game.
“Dolphin/Colts-Make no mistake about it/The Fish CAN and WILL bring the HEAT...We gotta MAN-UP and confront HEAT with a NASA-like Heat-Shield,” Irsay wrote.
As for Irsay’s recap of the Colts’ Week 1 win over Oakland: “We gotta protect #12 better..and that includes more than just OL...it’s backs,TE’s,coaches on blitz pick ups..I DEMAND better.”
• Chuck Pagano is one of three assistants on the University of Miami staff from 1999 to 2000 who is now an NFL head coach. The others are Greg Schiano and Rob Chudzinski.
When asked Wednesday if he ever could have predicted such an outcome back then, the Colts’ Pagano said: “Shoot, I think Nostradamus could only get that right. There’s no way. It never crossed my mind, to be honest with you.”
• The Dolphins had installed roughly 90 percent of their game plan through Wednesday, Philbin said. The team has Thursday off before returning to work Friday.
• Philbin praised the job his two new linebackers, Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler, did in their Dolphins debuts: “I thought they played well. A lot of room for improvement on defense, but they played fast, they played decisively. I think they did a good job. We still have to tackle better.”
• When Philbin was asked for some insight into what the Dolphins can do to run the ball better, he was quick with a clever response: “I can give away that strategy for .9 rushing yards. I’ll be glad to disperse that.”