Bryce Petty has made a lot of progress since absorbing those vicious shots from Dolphins' defenders Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake Saturday night. He practiced fully today and he expects to make his third consecutive start Saturday against the Patriots at Gillette Stadium.
"I couldn't imagine this season ending that way. I was really happy to see that everything was negative," Petty said of his medical tests. "Everything was good. (They were) good hits, so I'll probably have to put that in my man cave at some point. If I can take shots from those two dudes, I'll be alright."
Petty, who wears a red jersey on the practice field, said the team's head athletic director John Mellody is preparing to give him some extra protection around his chest on gameday.
"I was watching A Knight's Tale the other night and they have — I don't know what those knights wore when they were jousting," Petty joked. "Yeah, I might do that. We've got some Kevlar. I don't know. J—Mel has something he's worked up. Hopefully he'll have something on me, but it felt really good. When I touch it, it doesn't hurt. A lot of progress."
On the first play of the fourth quarter Saturday, Suh and Wake had free releases to Petty. There was a miscommunication up front and C Wesley Johnson apologized to Petty this week in the form of some homemade chocolate chip cookies.
"It won't happen again. I have a batch of cookies under my hood from (Wesley Johnson)," said the second-year passer. "It's a really nice gesture. He still owes me dinner."
The week's first injury report will be released on Wednesday and Petty will be monitored closely over the next few days. But all signs indicate that he will make his fourth NFL start on Christmas Eve in Foxboro, MA.
"It's early in the week but if he continues to get better, he should be fine," said head coach Todd Bowles.