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Dolphins CB Cortland Finnegan (ankle) practices but remains cautious

It’s still uncertain if Dolphins cornerback Cortland Finnegan will play Monday night after missing two games with an ankle injury.
It’s still uncertain if Dolphins cornerback Cortland Finnegan will play Monday night after missing two games with an ankle injury. AP

Cortland Finnegan returned to practice Wednesday. Whether he returns to action Monday night remains to be seen.

Finnegan, who missed the past two games with an injured ankle, practiced on a limited basis. However, he is not 100 percent yet and is being “smart” in managing the injury, according to a league source.

Finnegan is concerned about a possible setback, and doesn’t want to return too early.

“Hopefully I help the football team, if need be, if I can,” Finnegan said. “I’m making improvements. Time heals everything. You just have to give time time. ... I’m progressing every day.”

Complicating matters at the cornerback position: Jamar Taylor is dealing with an issue of his own, and his availability for the Jets game is in doubt. Taylor separated his shoulder in the Broncos game, but tests revealed no structural damage.

If neither Finnegan nor Taylor can go, the Dolphins would start Lowell Rose, Walt Aikens or R.J. Stanford at corner – none of whom have ever started an NFL game.

Receiver Mike Wallace also sat out practice Wednesday for undisclosed reasons.

The nature of Wallace’s injury is unclear; the Dolphins aren’t obligated to release a report until Thursday. Wallace, who has not missed a game since signing with the Dolphins in early 2013, dealt with a calf injury last week.

Some good news for the Dolphins on the injury front: tight end Charles Clay, who missed the Broncos game with knee and hamstring injuries, practiced Wednesday.

Linebacker Jonathan Freeny remains sidelined by an ailing hamstring.


Dolphins players traditionally don’t fare well in Pro Bowl balloting, and this season is no different.

Miami doesn’t have a single player in the top two at any position, and has none among the top 10 in overall vote-getters. Certainly, the season-ending injury to left tackle Branden Albert didn’t help; he was making a strong case for All-Pro consideration before hurting his knee.

Other possible Pro Bowl candidates: corner Brent Grimes (second in the league with five interceptions), Jarvis Landry (third in the NFL in kickoff returns, averaging 30.7 yards per return), and defensive end Cameron Wake (8.5 sacks).


▪ Giants receiver Odell Beckham is the talk of the league after his jaw-dropping, one-handed touchdown catch against the Cowboys last night.

On Wednesday, Grimes – who had a similarly remarkable interception weeks back – weighed in.

“I may be biased but I think mine was better,” Grimes said.

▪ Coach Joe Philbin chastised Jimmy Wilson’s head-butt of Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders, which resulted in a 15-yard penalty: “He has to use better judgment. He’s a football player, period. He has to use better judgment.”

▪ The Dolphins have signed safety Ahmad Dixon to their practice squad, releasing Emmanuel Dieke to make room.

▪ The organization distributed Thanksgiving dinners to South Florida families in need late Wednesday afternoon.

Miami Herald sportswriter Armando Salguero contributed to this report.

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