Dolphins vs. Steelers

Paul Soliai heads to the field to warm-up befor ethe game against Pittsburgh. Miami Dolphins vs. Pittsburgh Steelers. Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA. 12/8/13. Jim Rassol, Sun Sentinel. (Jim Rassol / Sun Sentinel / December 8, 2013)

MIAMI GARDENS - The Miami Dolphins played the second-half of Sunday's game against the New England Patriots without starting nose tackle Paul Soliai and cornerback Nolan Carroll.

Soliai, who came into the game with a sprained ankle he suffered in last Sunday's win over the Steelers, re-injured the ankle in the first quarter.

Soliai limped off the field and wouldn't return to the game. He wasn't spotted on the sidelined early in the second half.

Carroll, who has started 10 games this season as the cornerback opposite Brent Grimes, suffered a knee injury in the final possession of the second quarter.


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Carroll was replaced by rookie cornerback Will Davis, who was playing in his fourth NFL game. Davis, the team's third-round pick, has sparingly played this season because of his inconsistent practices.

However, Dimitri Patterson and R.J. Stanford being place on injured reserve last week elevated his status in the secondary.

Soliai's absence forced Randy Starks and Jared Odrick to handle all the defensive tackle snaps because Miami didn't make A.J. Francis active for the game.