A back injury – not lingering migraine headaches – was what kept Daryn Colledge from his 105th straight start Sunday.
Colledge, the Dolphins left guard, sustained the injury in practice last Wednesday. He returned to practice Tuesday, but admittedly needed more healing before he plays again.
“I’ve cleared all the tests that I need to clear but it’s still a matter of me getting back to 100 percent,” Colledge said. “Obviously with the back injury it’s one of those things where I’m not 100 percent yet but as I progress through the week hopefully I’ll be at that.”
Colledge was removed from Miami’s Week 8 win at Jacksonville after just 10 snaps; he experienced a medical issue that made him ineffective as a blocker. The Dolphins later said he suffered from a migraine and sinus issues.
Colledge passed the necessary medical protocols to return to practice midway through last week, then had the back injury crop up. He was inactive Sunday against the Chargers, ending his impressive consecutive-games-started streak. Dallas Thomas played in his place.
“That’s football; sometimes the luck doesn’t go your way,” Colledge said. “And for one time I wasn’t able to bounce back in time. That happens. I’m 32 and this time I wasn’t ready. I got healthy and hopefully this week I will be ready.”
Colledge added that he feels like “it’s a short-term issue, hopefully.”
“It was one of those things where it happened on a Wednesday, which didn’t give me enough days to get ready,” he continued. “If it was something I would have hurt on Sunday I feel like I would have been in position to play. But that late in the week I feel like I didn’t have a chance to practice and no matter with my experience or not, Dallas was better prepared than I was to play and obviously played effectively.”
KOVACS REJOINS DOLPHINS
Gone just a couple of months, Jordan Kovacs returned to a different locker room Tuesday – literally.
Re-signed to the Dolphins active roster after a stint on the Eagles’ practice squad, Kovacs found his nameplate above a different locker when he reported to team headquarters.
“I accidentally walked [to the old location] a couple times already,” Kovacs said.
As for the defense, it’s basically the same – with a few new wrinkles thrown in.
“There’s some new terminology,” Kovacs said. “There are a few new plays that we were shown, when we played the Chargers, and I’m like, ‘I don’t remember that one.’ For the most part, it’s the same scheme, and I’m comfortable with it.”
Kovacs appeared mostly on special teams for Miami in 2013, but did have one tackle from scrimmage. He went through training camp with the Dolphins this summer, but was released in late August.
The Dolphins signed Kovacs after versatile defensive back Michael Thomas sustained a season-ending chest injury Sunday against the Chargers.
▪ A bit of encouraging news for Lamar Miller, who sprained his shoulder Sunday: the starting running back was dressed and practiced on a limited basis Tuesday. The Miami Herald reported Monday that there was a good chance Miller will play Sunday in Detroit.
▪ Dan Marino, the Dolphins’ special advisor, was back at practice Tuesday. He has had an increased role on the football side of the organization in recent weeks, sitting in on meetings on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball.
▪ Neither Jimmy Wilson nor Dion Sims worked in the portion of practice open to the media Tuesday. Sims missed the Chargers game with a toe injury.