Marshall back on practice field with Dolphins; Crowder sits

Brandon Marshall rejoined the Miami Dolphins at practice Wednesday after being sidelined for two weeks because of a right hamstring injury.

The Pro Bowl wide receiver had a limited workout -- his first in 13 days since he suffered a hamstring injury during the Dolphins' 16-0 loss to the Chicago Bears in Week 11.

"He's really worked hard to get over this and to get this thing behind him," Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said. "Again, we'll have to see where it goes tomorrow and how he feels and whether or not we can do a little bit more."

Defensive end Phillip Merling, who was activated Tuesday from the reserve/non-football injury list on August 31, also practiced with the Dolphins.

"Getting Phillip Merling back today was really good," Sparano said. "I was kind of kidding those guys today. I said, 'Well the boys are back in town.' We finally got that group together that we've seen in OTAs (organized team activities).

"He (Merling) was excited today and bouncing around with a lot of energy out there," Sparano added. "We got to take it one step at a time there, too. (You know) again, to see how he looks tomorrow when he comes in the door here, and if he feels good, give him a little bit more to chew on tomorrow. We'll see."

Linebacker Karlos Dansby, who was limited in Sunday's victory at Oakland because of a wrist injury, also was a limited participant in practice. Linebacker Channing Crowder rode a bicycle on the side at the start of practice. The nature of his injury was undisclosed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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