By Abraham Gutierrez

A total of 27 players constitute the Miami and the Kansas City’s injury reports following Thursday’s practice, and given the names on these lists, Joe Philbin and Andy Reid will be digging deep into their depth charts to try and end their respective losing skids.

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For the Dolphins, 15 players are detailed in Philbin’s penultimate Week 3 injury report. Eight of those banged up bodies belong to the defensive squad, while seven can be found on the offensive side of the football.

As far as their statuses for Sunday’s game are concerned, Fins fans will have to wait until Friday evening when the official coach’s decision is announced. Nevertheless, the capacity in which each player was able to partake in this week’s practices is usually a good indicator of how much playing time they will see on Game Day.

Furthermore, if there is a silver lining in having 15 players hurt, it is that only four of them were unable to participate in practice, likely leading to a DNP Sunday afternoon. Listed as Did Not Participate in Practice were the following players: defensive end Terrence Fede (knee), linebacker Koa Misi (ankle), running back Knowshon Moreno (elbow) and guard Shelley Smith (knee).

Then there are those players whose injuries were significant enough to cost them some practice time. These eight sufferers on Miami’s roster are labeled as having had Limited Participation in Practice and their names, positions and injuries are: tackle Branden Albert (shoulder), tight end Charles Clay, (knee) safety Louis Delmas (calf), linebackers Jelani Jenkins (shoulder), Philip Wheeler (thumb) and Jordan Tripp (chest), and guard Billy Turner (foot).

Finally, there are those cases in which an obvious injury exits, but not to the extent that it forced a player to sacrifice practice time. Miami had only three of those Full Participation in Practice examples this week, and their names, positions and the injury each one is nursing looks like this: safety Walt Aikens (hand), wide receiver Brian Hartline (back) and defensive tackle Randy Starks (toe).

For the Chiefs, Reid & Co. turned in Thursday’s injury list with 12 players on it. Most of Kansas City’s deficiencies can be found on the offensive side of the football, where the injury bug has devastated their playoff hopes, even this early in the season. Here’s how the winless Chiefs’ Thursday injury report looks like:

Kansas City Chiefs Week 3 Thursday Injury Report

Did Not Participate in Practice

RB – Jamaal Charles (ankle)
S – Eric Berry (ankle)

Limited participation in Practice

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LB – Tamba Hali (ankle/knee)
RB – De’Anthony Thomas (hamstring)

Full Participation in Practice

C – Eric Kush (shoulder)
LB – Josh Martin (quad/tricep)
RB – Cyrus Gray (foot)
S – Husain Abdullah (foot/quad)
WR – Dwayne Bowe (quad)
WR – Frankie Hammond (shoulder)
WR – Junior Hemingway (hip)
WR – Albert Wilson (ankle)

Miami Dolphins Week 3 Thursday Injury Report:

Did Not Participate in Practice

DE – Terrence Fede (knee)
G – Shelley Smith (knee)
LB – Koa Misi (ankle)
RB – Knowshon Moreno (elbow)

Limited Participation in Practice

G – Billy Turner (foot)
LB – Jelani Jenkins (shoulder)
LB – Philip Wheeler (thumb)
LB – Jordan Tripp (chest)
S – Louis Delmas (calf)
TE – Charles Clay (knee)
T – Branden Albert (shoulder) 

Full Participation in Practice

DT – Randy Starks (toe)
S – Walt Aikens (hand)
WR Brian Hartline (back)

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Abe Gutierrez is a criminal justice admin whose love for sports led him to become a writer and editor. His expertise make him a valued addition to Examiner.com and its partners. His work can be found on Examiner.com. .