Dolphins practice report: Will Davis returns

DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins (1-0) returned to the practice field Tuesday for their first session in preparation for the Indianapolis Colts (1-0).

Here are some notes and observations from Miami’s practice:

  • The Dolphins’ secondary received some good news Tuesday when rookie cornerback Will Davis returned to practice. Davis was impressive in training camp and the preseason, but suffered a toe injury in the fourth preseason game. Barring any setback, Davis could make his regular-season debut Sunday against Indianapolis. Davis appeared healthy in practice and made a leaping catch in individual drills, which is a sign his toe injury is doing fine. Fellow rookie cornerback Jamar Taylor (groin) worked with a trainer on the side.

  • Also on the cornerback front, starter Dimitri Patterson was limited with a groin injury. He suffered the ailment in the third quarter against the Cleveland Browns and didn’t return to the game. Patterson told me after the game that he’s optimistic about playing Sunday but needs to manage the injury. Backup cornerback Nolan Carroll played with the first team in the portion of practice open to the media.

  • Miami did a lot of work early in practice on the running game. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill worked with the starting offensive and tailbacks Lamar Miller, Daniel Thomas and Marcus Thigpen. Miami was awful, rushing for just 20 yards on 23 carries. Neither the offensive line nor the running backs played well.

  • Dolphins backup quarterback Pat Devlin worked on the side with a trainer due to an ankle injury. Devlin did not dress against Cleveland, and his status is unknown for this weekend. Miami signed quarterback Austin Davis to the practice squad Tuesday, which is a sign Devlin’s situation is up in the air.