Miami Dolphins cornerback Chris Culliver suggested on Wednesday he was playing against the San Diego Chargers.
Don’t bet on that happening.
While Culliver has continued to practice since his activation from the physically unable to perform list, he has not yet shown he’s knocked off all the rust of a knee injury and rehabilitation that kept him from playing or even practicing through training camp and the first two months of the season.
So Culliver will continue to work in practice to try to improve. But barring a significant jump in productivity in those practices or some other unforeseen circumstance Thursday and Friday, he’s not making his Dolphins debut against the Chargers.
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Culliver did practice with the Dolphins Thursday.
Receivers Kenny Stills and Jarvis Landry did not practice but the team is hopeful both will play Sunday.
Stills did not practice because of a calf injury that Dolphins coach Adam Gase cropped up Wednesday. Stills missed much of Sunday’s game with an illness of some kind but even with him sitting out drills Thursday,, the Dolphins expect he’ll be fine.
Landry is nursing a shoulder injury and Gase was non-committal about his status for Sunday. And although Landry is on the injury report, the club is optimistic he’ll be able to play Sunday.
Dion Sims, who has missed the past two games while nursing a concussion, practiced full on Wednesday and was at practice again Thursday. The Dolphins are hopeful he can pass the last stage of his concussion protocol testing later this week that would clear him to play Sunday at San Diego.
Sims was on track to play last week against the New York Jets but his final test of the week caused some concern he was not yet fully healthy so he was not cleared to play