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Some Miami Dolphins will spend some time with family and friends in Pittsburgh

 
 
Miami Dolphins center Mike, left, and Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, right, will see their teams face off in Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Miami Dolphins center Mike, left, and Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, right, will see their teams face off in Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Joe Rimkus, Jr. / Joe Mahoney / Miami Herald / AP

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Before the Dolphins and Steelers play Sunday, several players will break bread together Saturday.

Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, out for the year with a knee injury, invited his brother, Dolphins center Mike Pouncey, and Miami’s entire offensive line to dinner at his home Saturday night.

Capital Grille will provide the food.

And Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace will dine at the home of his former Steelers teammate, receiver Antonio Brown.

“I’m pretty sure A.B. has a good healthy cook for us,” Wallace said. “He’s always eating healthy so I’m pretty sure he’ll have a nice meal for us. I don’t know how good it will taste. He’s a little weird when it comes down to his food, but he’s having a great season so I’ll take whatever.”

INJURY UPDATE

Cornerback Jamar Taylor (hamstring) was ruled out for Sunday’s game, and the Dolphins listed two players as questionable: cornerback Dimitri Patterson, who has been limited to five games by a groin injury this season, and running back Daniel Thomas, who missed last week’s game with an ankle injury.

The Dolphins listed six players as probable: Ryan Tannehill (thumb), Lamar Miller (pectoral), John Jerry (concussion), Chris Clemons (knee/hamstring), Michael Egnew (neck) and Austin Spitler (knee).

• The Steelers listed defensive end Brett Keisel as out and tackle Kelvin Benchum as doubtful. Tackle Steve McLendon is questionable.

THIS AND THAT

With Cameron Wake entrenched as one starter and Olivier Vernon developing into a quality starter at the other defensive end spot, the Dolphins will need to figure out next year how to create more playing time for Dion Jordan.

Though the Dolphins publicly haven’t ruled out playing Jordan occasionally at outside linebacker at some point, the Dolphins do not sound inclined to have him eventually replace starter Koa Misi.

Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle offered an unprompted tribute to Misi this week, saying he’s a “guy I just can’t say enough about.”

Misi ranks 14th among Dolphins defensive players in snaps (345) but is fifth in tackles (40) and has two sacks. Pro Football Focus rates him fourth-best among all Dolphins defensive players against the run, behind tackles Randy Starks, Paul Soliai and Jared Odrick.

“Sometimes he doesn’t get as many snaps in certain packages,” Coyle said. “But when you watch the tape and you watch number 55 on tape, there is nobody that plays any harder than Koa Misi or as effective. He’s having a heck of a year.”

• Asked this week by Pittsburgh writers if he misses Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Wallace said: “Definitely. That’s my guy. It’s not really even about that [playing]; it’s more so just friends. That’s like my big brother.”

• In a video circulating on the Internet, Tannehill can be seen firing a frisbee into a net while riding a bicycle, sinking a basketball into a first floor bucket from the second floor of a sporting goods store and other nifty feats.

Tannehill taped it the day after the team’s Halloween win against Cincinnati. What was most difficult?

“The tennis one,” he said. “It doesn’t look too crazy on the screen, but it was a light fixture and I had to hit it through the light fixture and bounce it on the skywalk. It kept bouncing off the light fixture. And obviously I’m not a professional tennis player so it took a few takes.”

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