Dolphins vs Patriots Live | The defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots head to South Florida on Sunday afternoon for an AFC East date with the Miami Dolphins. Last season, the Dolphins avenged a Week 4, 38-7, loss on the road with a thrilling home victory in Week 14. In what was called the “Miami Miracle”, Ryan Tannehill threw to Kenny Stills, who lateraled it to Davante Parker, then to Kenyan Drake, who scampered 52 yards for the touchdown and a Dolphins, 34-33, victory. Miami will need a little magic if they want to get past New England, who is off to a hot start in 2019.
How to Watch NFL: Patriots vs. Dolphins
Date: Sunday, Sept. 15
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: CBS
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Aikens and McCain have sat in an L-shaped corner of the team’s locker room at the Davie practice facility since being drafted by the Dolphins in 2014 and 2015, respectively.
There’s one locker in particular, on the outside edge of the corner, where they have seen so many other players trying to make an impact in their NFL careers come and go.
Some players barely even lasted a day, they said.
“We’ve had people come, make the team, you know, during the little tryouts. They’d get cut before lunch,” Aikens said this past week. “When Minkah got here, we told him the story.”
For the first time in a while, the Steelers will take a relatively healthy roster into their game at Heinz Field against the Miami Dolphins. Only three players are listed as questionable on the official injury report that was released Saturday afternoon.
Contrast that to when the Steelers played at the Los Angeles Chargers two weeks ago. They had ruled out six players from participating before the team’s charter flight left Pittsburgh.
Those players – quarterback Mason Rudolph, wide receiver James Washington, running backs Jaylen Samuels and Roosevelt Nix, cornerback Steve Nelson and inside linebacker Mark Barron – all returned to practice following the bye week. Samuels (knee), Barron (hamstring) and rookie inside linebacker Ulysees Gilbert (back) each are listed as questionable. All other players on the 53-man roster are healthy heading into the game.
Gilbert was a new addition to the injury report Saturday when he was a limited participant because of a back injury. He was the only player not to be a full practice participant.
Three weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, Samuels said he is “close” to being 100 percent. He was a full practice participant for all three days this week.
That’s a quick turnaround for a player who initially thought he might miss several games because of the injury he sustained Oct. 6 against the Baltimore Ravens.
“I’d never been scoped before, I didn’t even know what that was,” Samuels said Saturday. “They told me I could miss a month, but I knew my body was a fast healer and if I pushed myself hard with recovery, I could be back sooner.”
Rookie defensive end Isaiah Buggs was inactive for the first six games and he was the only healthy scratch against the Chargers. But after Stephon Tuitt’s season-ending pectoral injury, Buggs could be on the field against the Dolphins.
“I haven’t been told anything yet,” Buggs said. “I don’t know anything, just that I have to be ready.”
Tyson Alualu will replace Tuitt and start with Cameron Heyward and Javon Hargrave in the base 3-4 defense. Daniel McCullers will be the top backup. The fifth player in the typical game-day rotation will be Buggs or veteran L.T. Walton, who was a free agent this fall until the Steelers signed him after Tuitt’s injury.
“It’s getting in and practicing hard and getting the reps I can,” Buggs said. “Coaches have done a good job of getting me prepared and ready.”