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Illness might explain Dolphins CB Brent Grimes’ struggles against Bills

Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs away from Miami Dolphins' Brent Grimes (21) for a touchdown Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015, in Orchard Park, N.Y.
Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs away from Miami Dolphins' Brent Grimes (21) for a touchdown Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015, in Orchard Park, N.Y. AP

The nasty stomach bug that kept cornerback Brent Grimes out of Sunday’s game in Philadelphia was more than a one-day nuisance.

Rather, he had been feeling under the weather for more than a week before — a stretch that included the Bills game, in which Grimes was repeatedly beaten deep by Sammy Watkins.

“It was something I was dealing with, and then it just got worse,” Grimes said. “I don’t know what it was that triggered it to make it that bad, but it got really bad and I threw up a whole bunch of times.”

Grimes added: “I feel good now. I feel like myself. That’s a good thing.”

No kidding. Assuming he’s back to full strength, Grimes might be asked to shadow dynamic Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant all over the field Sunday.

“He’s very talented,” Grimes said of Bryant. “He’s a good receiver. He creates space. Has great hands. Tough to bring down once he gets the ball.”

‘NO MORE SAFETIES’

Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor addressed the elephant in the room at the very top of his weekly news conference:

“No more safeties,” he pledged.

That would be a nice change for the Dolphins, who tied an NFL record Sunday by allowing a safety in their third straight game.

Dolphins coach Dan Campbell just stopped short of guaranteeing it won’t happen again against the Cowboys.

“I guess we’re getting closer to that not happening every week,” Campbell said jokingly. “… I think the drought is over. I’m going with that.”

INJURY UPDATES

Linebacker Jelani Jenkins made incremental progress Thursday — his injured ankle was no longer in a walking boot — but neither he nor fellow linebacker Koa Misi (abdomen) practiced for the second straight day.

If both can’t go Sunday, the Dolphins are considering all options — including moving Chris McCain back to linebacker from defensive end. McCain has attended meetings with both position groups this week, and isn’t sure where he’ll play against the Cowboys.

“We have a lot of guys banged up right now,” McCain said. “So we’re just rotating people through in case they don’t play. I believe they all will play. They’ve just got to recover right now.”

ODDS AND ENDS

▪ Campbell’s latest idea to spice up practice: He had his coaches compete in one-on-one drills against each other. Sadly, it occurred during the portion of practice closed to the media. Although Campbell wouldn’t say who beat whom, gauging by the loud cheers heard from the practice field, the exercise had its desired effect.

▪ There were just two changes to the Dolphins’ injury report Thursday: G Jamil Douglas (shoulder) and S Michael Thomas (shoulder) practiced fully after being limited the day before.

▪ RT Ja’Wuan James, who missed the past two games with a toe injury, still doesn’t appear close to returning. James hasn’t practiced in weeks, and Thursday he was still in a walking boot. He did zoom around the locker room on a knee scooter.

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