Miami Dolphins cornerback Cortland Finnegan will not play Thursday night against the Buffalo Bills, opening the door for Jamar Taylor’s first start in his young career.
The Dolphins on Wednesday officially ruled Finnegan (ankle) out for the game – a mere formality after the veteran missed the previous two days of practice. Taylor has had an increased role on defense in recent weeks, filling in for both Finnegan and Brent Grimes when each has left games with injury.
Furthermore, offensive lineman Daryn Colledge is likely to miss his third straight game with a back injury. The Dolphins listed him as doubtful in their final injury report of the week. Shelley Smith would presumably start in his place.
Miami listed four players as questionable, including two tight ends – Charles Clay and Dion Sims. Long snapper John Denney and linebacker Kelvin Sheppard are also questionable to play.
Six Dolphins were listed as probable, including quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who has injuries to his throwing shoulder and ankle.
Elsewhere, the Dolphins lost running back Orleans Darkwa, poached by the New York Giants from their practice squad Wednesday. Darkwa had appeared in four games with the Dolphins earlier in the season, catching three passes for 31 yards.