MIAMI GARDENS - The Dolphins defense got a quarter and a half out of starting cornerback Dimitri Patterson before his groin injury flared up again.
Patterson, who leads the team with four interceptions, has been battling a groin injury since training camp. The injury, which he re-aggravated in Miami's 22-20 overtime win over the Cincinnati Bengals last month, kept him out of Monday night's loss to Tampa Bay.
However, Patterson proved he was healthy enough to return to the starting lineup for Sunday's game against San Diego. He played virtually every defensive snap before being replaced by Nolan Carroll late in the second quarter.
Carroll, a four-year veteran, has started six games this season because of Patterson's groin injury. Patterson contributed one tackle against the Chargers before leaving the game.
Safety Jimmy Wilson is manning the nickel spot and R.J. Stanford and Jamar Taylor are the only available backups at cornerback.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun