The Dolphins have a problem at linebacker.
How big of a problem it might be come Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys remains to be seen.
Koa Misi (abdomen) and Jelani Jenkins (ankle) missed practice Wednesday, and Dolphins interim coach Dan Campbell said each is “day-to-day.” Jenkins was seen in a walking boot Wednesday morning.
“Both of them will probably be a game-time decision,” Campbell said. “I’d say Koa is a little bit better at this point. But we’re optimistic about both.”
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Campbell suggested Neville Hewitt would start if Jenkins cannot play, and “we feel pretty good about [him] filling in.”
Spencer Paysinger, who missed the game against the Philadelphia Eagles with a neck injury, could be an option, too; Paysinger returned to practice Wednesday, albeit on a limited basis.
Plus the Dolphins might consider using newcomer James-Michael Johnson in that role. Johnson has started 18 games in his career.
“They know I can play any linebacker position,” he said. “I’ve been in a 3-4, Mike, Sam and Will. I wouldn’t pigeonhole myself into one position.”
Along with Misi and Jenkins, tackle Ja’Wuan James (toe) did not practice Wednesday. Four Dolphins were limited in their participation: Paysinger, guard Jamil Douglas (shoulder), corner Brice McCain (knee) and safety Michael Thomas (shoulder).
Three consecutive weeks allowing a safety are three too many for Mike Pouncey, who stopped just short of guaranteeing the Dolphins’ offense won’t make it four in a row Sunday.
“You know how guarantees work out,” Pouncey said. “[But] we’re over those issues. Every time, it’s always been something different to why it happened. It’s one of those fluke situations.”
Pouncey also weighed in on the plight of fellow center Sam Brenner, who has been cut by the Dolphins four times in less than three months — most recently, Tuesday. Brenner was claimed by the Denver Broncos.
“It sucks, man, especially when you’re friends with the guy,” Pouncey said. “To see guys get done that way, it’s tough.”
MILLER THE STARTER
Despite running back Jay Ajayi’s 8.1 yards-per-carry average this season, Lamar Miller “is still the starter for us,” Campbell said.
But Ajayi has earned the right to carry the ball more — probably at Miller’s expense.
How does Miller, a 1,000-yard back last year, feel about that?
“As long as I get my touches, I’ll be happy, be satisfied with that,” Miller said.