Swan­son ex­pected back; Amendola iffy

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - Sports - By Omar Kelly South Florida Sun Sen­tinel On Twit­ter @omarkelly

DAVIE — It is pos­si­ble that the in­jury-plagued Mi­ami Dol­phins will re­gain two of­fen­sive starters for Sun­day’s home game against the New Eng­land Patriots.

Travis Swan­son is ex­pected to re­turn to his role as the team’s start­ing cen­ter, re­plac­ing Jake Bren­del, who has missed the last two prac­tices be­cause of a calf in­jury and has been ruled out of Sun­day’s game.

Swan­son, who missed last Sun­day’s 21-17 win over the Buf­falo Bills be­cause of an an­kle sprain, prac­ticed all week on a lim­ited ba­sis.

The fifth-year vet­eran has started seven games as Daniel Kil­gore’s re­place­ment, and his ab­sence led to a num­ber of com­mu­ni­ca­tion break­downs last week.

Danny Amendola, who missed the Bills game be­cause of a right knee in­jury he suf­fered against the Colts, also prac­ticed all week on a lim­ited ba­sis.

Amendola, who leads the Dol­phins with 48 re­cep­tions for 469 yards and one touch­down, was listed as ques­tion­able on Fri­day’s in­jury re­port be­cause he doesn’t have all of his mo­bil­ity back.

“He’s so com­pet­i­tive. He’s so tough. It’s all about team for him,” of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Dowell Log­gains said about Amendola, who’d be fac­ing his for­mer team if he suits up Sun­day (1 p.m., CBS). “If he can’t go, he can’t go and he’ll be the first one to tell you.”

If Amendola isn’t cleared to play, the Dol­phins will likely use Kenny Stills as the team’s slot re­ceiver and have Brice But­ler serve as the flanker.

AL DIAZ/MI­AMI HER­ALD

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