Dolphins are getting healthy at right time

DeVante Parker, who played in the preseason finale, practiced on Monday and looks like he'll be available for the opener. AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

DAVIE, Fla. – The Miami Dolphins took the practice field Monday in preparation for their regular-season opener against the Washington Redskins. The good news is several key players who were recently injured participated in practice.

Starting left tackle Branden Albert (knee), cornerback Jamar Taylor (quad) and rookie receiver DeVante Parker (foot) all participated in the portion of practice open to the media. Parker was the only player of the three to see playing time in last week’s preseason finale. He played nine snaps and caught one pass for 11 yards.

The status of all three will be determined later in the week, but this is a good sign that Albert, Taylor and Parker took part in Monday’s full-padded practice.

  • Dolphins backup left tackle Jason Fox did not practice Monday due to a concussion he suffered in the preseason. Fox is the top option if Albert is held out against Washington. Therefore, the Dolphins need one of these two left tackles ready to avoid going to their third option (Dallas Thomas) in the regular-season opener.

  • Two players changed their numbers before the regular season. Albert changed from No. 71 to No. 76, which is the number he wore with the Kansas City Chiefs. Backup safety Jordan Kovacs changed from No. 44 to No. 32.

  • Miami added two new players to their practice squad Monday: running back Rajion Neal and wide receiver Uzoma Nwachukwu.