Dolphins preparing as if Talib will play

Dolphins preparing as if Talib will play
October 23, 2013, 7:45 pm
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FOXBORO -- The Miami Dolphins are trying to break out of a three-game losing skid. Needless to say, they'll have a better opportunity to do so if Aqib Talib isn't playing for the Patriots on Sunday.

After missing last week's game against the Jets, Talib (hip) returned to Patriots practice this week. Even though his status was "limited," the Dolphins will be preparing for his presence in New England's secondary.

"Well, he's definitely a great player," Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill said on a conference call on Wednesday. "I think they have a lot of confidence in him, as they should. He's made a lot of big plays so far for them this year. We're going to have to account for him. Hopefully we're going to have a plan in place to handle him when he's in there, if he's in there. But he's definitely a guy that we account for and that we're looking at on tape."

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin believes Talib will be one of the better cornerbacks his offense will face all season long.

"He's having an excellent year," said Philbin on Wednesday. "He can play on the line of scrimmage and get hands on and disrupt the timing of the routes very well. He gets his hands on the football a lot and catches the ball well. he can play off, and he's having a very very good year. I think he's one of the better corners we'll face this year, without a doubt."