DAVIE - Miami Dolphins kicker Caleb Sturgis is nursing a groin injury that could be impacting his performance this season.
The Dolphins rookie has made 13 of 18 field goals this season, but has missed five of his last eight.
The groin injury could he a factor for his recent struggles. Sturgis, a former University of Florida standout the Dolphins drafted in the fifth round, battled a groin injury in training camp that kept him sidelined three weeks.
Sturgis' participation in Thursday's practice was limited because of the groin.
But Sturgis isn't the only Dolphins starter nursing a groin injury. Starting cornerback Dimitri Patterson re-aggravated the groin injury he's been nursing all season.
Patterson, who has missed four games because of his groin this season, re-aggravated it in last week's 22-20 overtime win over the Bengals. He sat out the previous two days of practice, but participated on a limited basis on Thursday.
"I'm on track. I'm on pace. I was able to do things," said Patterson, who has pulled down four interceptions in the four games he's played this season. "Injuries happen. It's just frustrating. Got to take it with a grain of salt and keep a positive mindset."
Dolphins linebackers Koa Misi (knee) and Jelani Jenkins (foot) both sat out Thursday's practice. Their status for Monday night's game against Tampa Bay is in doubt. If both sit out Miami's next game Jason Trusnik would have his role elevated.
Tight end Dion Sims (toe) participated in his thirs straight practice. Sims sat out the Bengals game because of his injury.
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