Whereas the Raiders have been in London since Monday — six days before they play the Dolphins — the Dolphins will not travel to England until Thursday evening.
Dolphins coach Joe Philbin decided his team would be better served by having a normal practice week and flying to London at 5p.m. Thursday. The team will have a light practice Friday in London.
“We are going to jump on the plane and feed them a big meal,” Philbin said. “Hopefully, they’ll sleep, get to London and make it a normal Friday. That was the thought process.”
Philbin sought input from assistant coaches Mark Duffner and Jack Bicknell, who worked for teams (Jacksonville, Pittsburgh) that played in London last season.
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“We talked to other teams, and we came to a conclusion that this was the best way for us to prepare for this game,” Philbin said.
▪ The Dolphins ruled out running back Knowshon Moreno (elbow) for Sunday’s game, and it would be surprising if guard Shelley Smith (knee) and center Mike Pouncey (hip) play Sunday.
Smith, defensive lineman Randy Starks (back) and tight end Charles Clay (knee) missed Wednesday’s practice. Pouncey was one of 14 players who practiced on a limited basis, with linebacker Koa Misi (ankle) and receiver Mike Wallace (hamstring) among the others.
THIS AND THAT
▪ Linebacker Jelani Jenkins, a backup entering the season, is tied for the league lead with 35 tackles.
▪ Though the Dolphins’ defense is third in yards per pass play and ninth in total yards allowed so far this season, Miami ranks 29th in points permitted per game and 20th in yards relinquished per rushing play.
▪ The Dolphins and former Oregon star running back LaMichael James, who requested his release from the San Francisco 49ers this month, tabled discussions for now because Lamar Miller had a big game Sunday against Kansas City and they believe Moreno’s return isn’t too far off.