According to reports, Miami Dolphins starting wide receiver Brandon Marshall (hamstring) did not travel with the team to Oakland on Friday and has been downgraded from doubtful to out for the team's game against the Raiders on Sunday.
Marshall (pictured right) injured his right hamstring after making an 18-yard catch and spin in the second quarter against the Chicago Bears on Nov. 18.
A five-year veteran, Marshall has missed only three games in his NFL career and has never missed a game due to injury.
Offensive struggles have limited Marshall's production during his first season with the Dolphins, as he has totaled a respectable 58 catches and 693 yards, but has found the end zone just once in 10 games.
The Dolphins, who appear likely to get quarterback Chad Henne back from a knee injury against the Raiders, have beefed up the receiving corps in Marshall's absence by promoting second-year receiver Julius Pruitt from the practice squad on Saturday.
Pruitt and undrafted rookie Marlon Moore could see increased playing time on offense in Marshall's absence, while 6-foot-4 Marshall protégé Roberto Wallace could play extensively in three- or even two-receiver sets.
With an immobile quarterback, a battered offensive line, and a receiving corps now once again lacking a true No. 1 receiver, the Dolphins are sure to have their hands full with Oakland's third-ranked pass defense led by Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.
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Chris J. Nelson majored in journalism at Georgia State University and is currently a programming coordinator for Turner Sports in Atlanta. He operates his own Miami Dolphins website, The Miami Dolphins Spotlight, and he can be followed on Twitter here.
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