Cornerback Chimdi Chekwa and running back Kenyan Drake were back at practice Tuesday for the first time in weeks.
Both had been dealing with lingering injuries -- a thigh issue for Chekwa and a hamstring pull for Drake. Neither has appeared in a preseason game and both were limited in their work Tuesday.
The return of Chekwa was particularly good news for a Dolphins defense exposed by the Cowboys last Friday. Before he got hurt, Chekwa was pushing Tony Lippett for the starting cornerback job.
Drake, meanwhile, needs to catch up. The third-round pick was already behind Jay Ajayi and Arian Foster on the depth chart. Isaiah Pead has flourished in his absence, earning first-team reps last Friday.
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The injury news wasn't as good for several other Dolphins still out: Earl Mitchell (calf), Mike Pouncey (hip) and Matt Moore (concussion). Plus linebacker James-Michael Johnson is dealing with a thigh injury, and also held out Tuesday.