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Buccaneers Look To Capitalize Off Dolphins’ Distractions in Monday Night Clash

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By Abraham Gutierrez

With the all the hoopla and misconduct allegations surrounding the team, the (4-4) Miami Dolphins still have a game to play this week, as they travel to Raymond James Stadium for a Monday night showdown with the winless (0-8) Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - AUGUST 24:  Cornerback Leonard Johnson #29 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers breaks up a pass in the end zone to receiver Brandon Gibson #10 of the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on August 24, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

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While the final report for this week’s MNF game will be released following Saturday’s practices, it would appear that the Fins will need all the help they can get in trying to filter out the noise, and avoid a meltdown.

Following Friday’s practice, Joe Philbin and his staff revealed ten players in this week’s injury report. This includes right tackle, Jonathan Martin, but does not include suspended guard Richie Incognito.

While Martin continues to be listed as “Out” and “Definitely Will Not Play”, when and if he will return to the team remains a mystery to everyone. The Dolphins had until Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET to take him off the non-football-related illness list. However, his game status against the Buccaneers will remain as “unknown” until Saturday afternoon.

In the case of Incognito, Miami’s starting guard has been suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team.

The Dolphins, the NFL and the NFL Players Association are currently reviewing bullying and racism allegations made against Martin. At this point, how this will end, and whether he will ever play another game in the National Football League is anyone’s guess.

Shortly after suspending Incognito, the Fins released a statement that reads: “We believe in maintaining a culture of respect for one another and as a result we believe this decision is in the best interest of the organization at this time. As we noted earlier, we reached out to the NFL to conduct an objective and thorough review. We will continue to work with the league on this matter.”

As it pertains to the Monday Night Football game against the Bucs, Miami reported a total of 10 names in this week’s injury report. The good news is that only Martin is expected to sit out Week 11, but there are plenty of banged up bodies on both sides of the football.

On defense, preliminary reports indicate that there are three linebackers nursing injuries this week, but their game-status remain uncertain. While Jelani Jenkins (foot) and Koa Misi (knee) did not practice on Thursday or Friday, Dannell Ellerbe (calf) is expected to play after taking full reps with the team this week.

Also on the list from the defensive side were safety Chris Clemons (hamstring) and cornerback Nolan Carroll (concussion), who both had full participation in practice this week, while cornerback Dimitri Patterson (groin) participated only on a limited basis.

On the offensive and special teams side of the football, Miami listed tight end Dion Sims (toe) and Caleb Sturgis (groin) as limited in practice, while tackle Nate Garner (knee) had full participation in practice.

Full Participation in Practice

  • (LB) Dannell Ellerbe (calf)
  • (S) Chris Clemons (hamstring)
  • (T) Nate Garner (knee) 
  • (CB) Nolan Carroll (concussion)

Limited Participation in Practice

  • (K) Caleb Sturgis (groin) 
  • (TE) Dion Sims (toe) 
  • (CB) Dimitri Patterson (groin)

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • (LB) Koa Misi (knee) 
  • (LB) Jelani Jenkins (foot) 
  • (T) Jonathan Martin 

Practice Status Key

  • Did not participate in practice (DNP)
  • Limited Practice: Less than 100 percent of a player’s normal repetitions
  • Full Practice: 100 percent of a player’s normal repetitions
  • Out: Player will not play

For more Dolphins news and updates, visit Dolphins Central.

Abe Gutierrez is a criminal justice admin whose love for sports led him to become a writer and editor. His expertise make him a valued addition to Examiner.com and its partners. His work can be found on Examiner.com. .

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