Provided you don't count the team plane among potentially injured parties, the Miami Dolphins escaped their fourth and final preseason game on Wednesday injury free. Last year's meeting saw multiple players go down with injuries, but this time around, there's not much to report.
Many of the starters were given a rest day, and the only injuries that are worth noting are those that came prior to the game. Quarterback David Garrard is still feeling the effects of knee surgery from three weeks ago, and he's unable to jog or put any real pressure on said knee.
That could be a bad sign for him with roster cuts around the corner. Teams have until 9:00 p.m. ET on Friday to trim down to the 53-man regular season limit. SI.com noted that the Dolphins seem ready to release Garrard due to his injuries, which is an unfortunate end for a quarterback who appeared to have something to offer the organization prior to the surgery.
Outside of Garrard, the other significant injury belongs to Pro Bowl left tackle Jake Long, who suffered a right MCL sprain in practice. He could be out up to three weeks, but with Joe Philbin's zero-tolerance policy for discussing injuries, an exact timetable is unknown. There is optimism that he'll be ready to go for the regular season opener against Houston on Sept. 9, however.