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The injury report for the upcoming Dolphins-Steelers game was released Friday afternoon, and there were a few unexpected surprises. It is listed below:

One of the most improved positions for the Dolphins this season is at corner. Brent Grimes has had huge success locking down the opposing number one wide receiver. On the other side of the field, the veteran Dimitri Patterson has played extremely well - when he plays. 

Olivier Vernon’s play has gained him some much deserved notoriety Wednesday, as he was awarded the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 13. 

Emergence of Vernon

When Olivier Vernon was drafted last year in the third round out of the “U”, no one was expecting him to make an impact right away. It took him a while to settle in last year, as he only finished the season with 32 tackles and 3.5 sacks (Very similar numbers to Dion Jordan this season).

After suffering one of the most heartbreaking losses of the season last week against the Panthers, the Dolphins bounced back in a big way by wrecking the Jets 23-3. This was a must win in terms of the playoff race as it puts Miami right back into contention for the final spot in the AFC wild card race.