LB Porter among three Dolphins defenders to return to practice

DAVIE, Fla. -- Linebacker Joey Porter and two other injured Miami Dolphins defensive players have returned to practice.

 Porter, linebacker Akin Ayodele and end Phillip Merling all took part in Thursday's workout after sitting out Wednesday.

The practice was the first in nearly two weeks for Porter, who missed Sunday's win over Buffalo with a sore right hamstring.

Merling hurt his left ankle in the fourth quarter against the Bills. Ayodele had been bothered by a sore back.

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