--G Nate Garner (knee) had full participation Wednesday.
--S Reshad Jones (groin) didn't practice Wednesday.
--C Mike Pouncey (non-injury) wasn't at Wednesday's practice.
--CB Nolan Carroll (hamstring) was limited Wednesday.
--S Chris Clemons (knee/hamstring) was limited Wednesday.
--DT Paul Soliai (ankle) was limited Wednesday.
--CB Jamar Taylor (hamstring) was limited Wednesday.
It's December. The Dolphins need to be able to be able to run the ball and stop the run. Oh, and they also have to stop QB Tom Brady and outsmart coach Bill Belichick.
Miami clearly has a tough matchup on its hands this week even though Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) is out with a season-ending injury.
The Dolphins have rushed for more than 100 yards in back-to-back games, and it's been a boon to the offense. It's helped QB Ryan Tannehill (10 TDs, 5 INTs in his last five games) execute the play-action pass, and it's given the OL loads of confidence that's perhaps drifted over into their pass blocking, which has been improved in recent weeks.
The Dolphins have to be able to stop Patriots RBs Stevan Ridley (611 yards rushing, 7 TDs) and LeGarrette Blount (460 yards rushing, 3 TDs). New England is 13th in rushing at 120 yards per game.
Of course, Brady (21 TDs, 9 INTs) has been good, as usual. And the Patriots have been good, too.
The most important thing the Dolphins have to do is stop New England's mastery over them.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH:
--QB Tom Brady vs. Dolphins pass defense.
Brady has been outstanding once again this season, but his options are dwindling. TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) is out, leaving Brady with WRs Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola as his prime targets. Miami has to get pressure on Brady and maintain tight coverage. That way they have a chance to keep the Patriots to fewer than 30 points.
--Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill vs. Patriots pass defense.
The Dolphins will only go as far as Tannehill (10 TDs, 5 INTs in his last five games) can take them. And so far he's showing his star is on the rise. Tannehill still has problems throwing the deep pass. But he's got good options among TE Charles Clay and WRs Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline. If they can win this battle they have a good chance to win this game.