The Dolphins are going back to London in 2015 — apparently at the expense of a home game.
An NFL source has told the Miami Herald that the Dolphins have been selected to once again be part of the growing number of games the league is playing at Wembley Stadium in London. They will be considered the home team in that game, the Herald has learned.
The date of the game and Miami’s opponent has not yet been set. The Dolphins’ eight home opponents next year are the three AFC East teams, as well as Houston, Indianapolis, Dallas, the New York Giants and the AFC North team that finishes in the same spot in the standings that Miami does.
The Dolphins are 1-1 in London. In 2007, they lost to the Giants, and this season they beat the Oakland Raiders. Each game drew well over 80,000.
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CHALLENGE OF SUH
Mike Pouncey is concerned about Ndamukong Suh — but it has nothing to do with the Lions defensive tackle’s dirty reputation.
“We ain’t worried about that,” Pouncey said. “We’re going to go out hard. We’re not worried about him playing dirty. I know we worry about him playing as hard as he can. We have to match his intensity.”
Pouncey will find himself in quite a few one-on-one matchups with Suh on Sunday. Pouncey is expected to start at right guard for the fourth game in a row. More often than not, Suh — who has paid tens of thousands in fines for his rough style of play — lines up on the right side.
“He plays really hard,” Pouncey said. “He’s a Pro Bowl football player; we have to go out and play our best against him. It’s going to be the best defender we’ve played against all year.”
PLAYING IT SAFE
When it comes to Lamar Miller’s sprained left shoulder, the Dolphins are taking few chances, if any.
Miller, who sustained the injury in Sunday’s rout of the Chargers, hasn’t missed a practice this week. But he hasn’t practiced fully either.
On Wednesday, he warmed up with the team and caught passes early in the session. However, coaches kept Miller out of the contact drills during the period of practice open to the public. The Dolphins officially listed Miller as limited on their first injury report of the week.
Miller hasn’t missed a game in nearly two years, and the early belief is that he will play Sunday in Detroit.
However, the injury does merit watching. He injured the same shoulder while at the University of Miami and needed surgery.
THIS AND THAT
▪ The Dolphins’ two Hall of Fame quarterbacks — Dan Marino and Bob Griese — watched part of Wednesday’s practice together. Marino is the organization’s special advisor; Griese is an analyst on the Dolphins’ radio broadcast.
▪ Tight end Dion Sims, who missed the Chargers game with a toe injury, did not practice Wednesday. Five players were limited in their participation: Miller, tight end Charles Clay (knee), linebacker Koa Misi (ankle), Pouncey (hip) and safety Jimmy Wilson (hamstring).
▪ The prospects look good for offensive lineman Daryn Colledge to play Sunday. Colledge missed the Chargers game with a back injury but fully participated in practice Wednesday.