Kiko Alonso hopes to practice Wednesday and intends to play Saturday against the Jets after missing the Dolphins’ win over the Cardinals with a hamstring injury.
“In my mind, I think I'm going to play,” Alonso said Monday.
Miami’s play-making linebacker tested the hamstring out pre-game Sunday, but “it didn’t feel right.”
He also is dealing with a broken thumb, but that’s not what kept him out of the Cardinals game.
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Alonso told reporters he’s feeling better than he did last week, but the threshold for him to play is if he can “go out there and move around like I normally move around.”
Dolphins coach Adam Gase said the team is going to “go through all the right steps, especially on a short week.” The team had Alonso take it easy last week to let the hamstring calm down. It appears to have worked; Alsonso has “a better chance [to play] this week than last week.”
The Dolphins were without the three linebackers that started the season in the lineup Sunday. Koa Misi has been out for weeks with a neck injury, and Jelani Jenkins missed his second straight game with a knee injury.
But the Dolphins survived Sunday in large part because of the play of Mike Hull, who had an interception and eight tackles.
“I was talking to him [during the game], letting him know some stuff,” Alonso said. “I think he played well. I think he played really well.”