The Dolphins were able to beat the Patriots last Sunday by holding on as Tom Brady threw four passes into the end zone on the final four plays of the game, giving them their first win over their division rivals in years.
Their hold on the final plays of the game against a player with Brady’s fourth quarter resume was all the more impressive because it came after cornerbacks Nolan Carroll and Brent Grimes left the game with injuries. With Dimitri Patterson already on injured reserve, the Dolphins were playing without their top three corners and Sunday’s success doesn’t change the fact that that’s generally a dangerous way to go through a football season.
Miami got some good news on Tuesday, then, when both Carroll and Grimes took part in practice. There was no official injury report, but it’s a good sign for Carroll’s knee and Grimes’ groin that everyone felt comfortable with them getting back on the field two days after getting dinged.
“It’s just nicks and stuff you get during the season,” Grimes said, via the Miami Herald. “I’m not getting into everything, but I’m good. There’s no problem. I’ll be all right.”
The Dolphins control their playoff destiny and that destiny looks a lot more attainable with the help of healthy cornerbacks.