Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) – Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy has to be salivating at a chance to face a Dolphins secondary that will be without it’s best cover cornerback this Sunday.
The Dolphins injury report released Friday showed Vontae Davis is out for Sunday’s game after missing practice this week due to a hamstring injury. Joining Davis on the bench will be defensive end Tony McDaniel who is dealing with a hand injury.
The replacements for Davis haven’t done much to make Dolphins fans think the Browns receivers will be well covered. Backup Nolan Carroll has been beaten repeatedly during the first two games, and nickel cornerback Will Allen was originally cut by the team but re-signed shortly thereafter.
Allen is likely to replace Davis in the lineup. With Allen moving to the outside, a new nickel cornerback will be needed. The possible replacements include newly signed Nate Jones, Nolan Carroll, or rookie Jimmy Wilson.
Wide receiver Roberto Wallace is listed as doubtful by the Fins, while Will Allen and Chris Clemons are both listed as questionable. Allen was added to the injury list for the first time on Friday.
Based on NFL rules, a player listed as doubtful has at least a 75 percent chance he will not play, while a questionable designation means a player has a 50-50 chance of not playing.
Elsewhere on the injury report, Brandon Marshall, Reggie Bush, and Karlos Dansby will play against the Browns. All have been dealing with groin injuries since last Sunday’s loss to the Houston Texans.
For the Browns, wide receiver Josh Cribbs, star running back Peyton Hillis, and wide receiver Mohammed Massquoi are listed as questionable on the injured list. Cribbs and Massequoi have been dealing with groin and ankle injuries respectively, while Hillis is fighting an undisclosed illness.
The Dolphins game can be seen exclusively on CBS4 Sunday at 1:00 p.m.