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Chimdi Chekwa, Kenyan Drake limited in return to Dolphins practice

Miami running back Kenyan Drake runs drills during training camp in Davie on Aug. 1.
Miami running back Kenyan Drake runs drills during training camp in Davie on Aug. 1. AP

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.

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.

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