According to a report from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Miami Dolphins star cornerback Sean Smith “could” play against the New England Patriots after injuring his knee last week against the Buffalo Bills. It was initially feared that Smith had suffered a serious knee injury, such as an ACL tear, but an MRI on Monday morning revealed that it was just a bone bruise in his knee.
Smith was initially expected to just miss- or be rested- for the finale against the Patriots, but he could also very well play. This report from the always-reliable Omar Kelly is great news for the Dolphins. Kelly notes that the injury suffered by Smith is similar to the one that fellow CB Nolan Carroll sustained in Week 15,
The star 25-year-old cornerback has never missed a game this year, and I don’t think he’ll be missing another chance to shut down Brandon Lloyd. Last time these two went at it a few weeks ago, Lloyd was held to just one reception for ten yards. A large reason for that is because Tom Brady was under immense pressure during the game and could not throw longer passes in that direction. The Patriots also did not utilize Lloyd much during that period of time, and they have since thrown it his way more often.
This has led to bigger numbers from Lloyd, including that ten-catch, 190-yard performance on Sunday Night Football against the San Francisco 49ers. Watch closely for the status of Sean Smith going into Sunday’s tilt, because he is one of the key players the Patriots will have to watch for if he does play.
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