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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Marino on Mend, Back at Practice

DAVIE, Florida -- Dan Marino threw with no defenders, ran a few plays and then limped to the locker room.

The Miami Dolphins quarterback practiced for the first time since breaking his ankle Sept. 23 against Indianapolis. He participated in about 25 percent of the workout and has yet to test the ankle at full speed.

"There's pain every time," Marino said. "It felt all right. It doesn't feel great. I'm making progress. It's going to be a day-to-day thing."

Marino's return to practice occurred sooner than expected. He might dress as the third quarterback Sunday when Miami (4-2) plays at Philadelphia (4-2), but Craig Erickson will likely make his third consecutive start filling in for Marino.

"I will not make a decision until right prior to game time," coach Jimmy Johnson said.

"It's going to be up to the doctors and coach Johnson and seeing how the ankle feels," Marino said. "I don't want to be in a position where I can hurt myself or another part of my body, because I can't move in case I'm going to get hit."

Marino, 35, is more likely to return for the Dolphins' game next week against Dallas.