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Miami Dolphins activate RB Jonas Gray off practice squad

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill hands the ball off to running back Jonas Gray during Miami Dolphins training camp in Davie on June 3, 2013.
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill hands the ball off to running back Jonas Gray during Miami Dolphins training camp in Davie on June 3, 2013. File photo

Jonas Gray is back on the active roster.

Whether he’s activated for Sunday’s game against the Bills might depend on Lamar Miller’s injured ankle.

Miller has pledged to play after getting hurt against the Jaguars, but the Dolphins felt the need to elevate Gray from their practice squad to the active roster Wednesday. Miller did not practice Wednesday.

“Hopefully I’ll get my opportunity and I can show them what I can do and have a chance to be on the active roster for the entire season,” Gray said. “Again, you never know in this business. I’m not the one to make those decisions. I can only control what I can control.”

Gray, who has bounced between the developmental squad and the 53-man roster this season, is best known for his 201-yard rushing performance for the Patriots last season.

But he fell out of favor after oversleeping and arriving late to practice one day in New England, and had just 20 carries the rest of the season. Gray is out to change impressions about him, beginning with his number. He switched from 38 to 29 after the Dolphins traded Will Davis.

Gray still gets asked about his alarm clock “quite a bit.”

He continued: “It’s one of those things in the course of a career and seasons, especially when you have a little bit of success, some things are going to define you and some things people are going to remember all the time about you. The best thing you can do going forward is learn from it and just try to be a better pro.”

Gray added: “I’ve got multiple number of different things I use to wake me up. But for the most part, I’m the first one here.”

The Dolphins have struggled to establish the run in the first two games. They rank 30th in the NFL in rushing yards per game (58) and 26th in yards per attempt (3.4).

“I think we need to be more effective running the football,” quarterback Ryan Tannehill said. “I think that’s something that we’re working at. I don’t know exactly what our average was, per rush, but it needs to be better. We need to get 4, 5 yards every time we [run] the football. Balance it out.”


Branden Albert’s availability for Sunday is a major question mark. He didn’t practice Wednesday, still healing from a hamstring strain sustained against the Jaguars.

If Albert can’t play, the Dolphins will turn to Jason Fox, who allowed a strip sack late in Jacksonville.

“It’s really important,” center Mike Pouncey said of having Albert available. “One thing, it’s a long football season. We’re not going to rush him back because we’re going to need him down the stretch more than anything. Right now, we’re going to take it day by day. We hope he’s out there, but if not, we’re not going to panic.”

▪ Tight end Jordan Cameron said his injured groin is also “feeling better,” but he did not practice.

▪ Dion Sims, meanwhile, returned to practice for the first time since being knocked out in the opener against the Redskins. He sustained his first concussion since college when he fell on his head while trying to catch a pass.

“I don’t remember what happened,” Sims said. “I just remember seeing the ball and then waking up in the training room. Everything between that was kind of a blank to me, other than what I saw on film.”

▪ Tannehill (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday, while Sims, Reshad Jones (hamstring), Pouncey (elbow) and Cameron Wake (hamstring) all worked on a limited basis.

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