Dolphins catching breaks from Green Bay

The Miami Dolphins badly need a victory to make sure they don't fall too far behind the AFC East title race.

The Green Bay Packers might oblige them by fielding an incomplete team Sunday at Lambeau Field.

The Dolphins have had trouble defending tight ends since last season, but Packers star Jermichael Finley will be out with a knee injury. Right tackle Mark Tauscher will be out with a shoulder injury. Linebacker Nick Barnett had wrist surgery Wednesday morning.

Two biggies: quarterback Aaron Rodgers and NFL sacks leader Clay Matthews are uncertain.

Rodgers suffered a concussion in Sunday's game. Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday the team wouldn't have any indication until Thursday morning if Rodgers could play against the Dolphins.

McCarthy also said Matthews likely would miss practice all week because of a hamstring injury.

The Packers have several other players who are banged up and listed on the injury report in some fashion.

The Dolphins, meanwhile, got healthier during their bye week. Inside linebacker Channing Crowder (groin) and defensive end Jared Odrick (leg) were on the practice field.