By Abraham Gutierrez
In the frantic world of NFL Fantasy Football, it is imperative to stay up-to-date with the latest injuries and personnel changes happening around the league. The start of the 2015 NFL season means that Fantasy owners are scrambling to put together the finishing touches on this week’s rosters before Sunday’s action.
The Miami Dolphins will kickoff the 2015 NFL festivities by visiting the nation’s capital for a showdown against the Washington Redskins. According to the NFL Week 1 injury reports submitted by Joe Philbin and Jay Gruden’s staff, both clubs should have almost a full roster at their disposal Sunday afternoon at FedExField.
From the Dolphins perspective, Philbin penciled in a total of five hobbled players following this week’s practices. However, Fins fans would be pleased to know that no one was forced to miss reps entirely or declared out, which is always an encouraging sign.
Cornerback Jamar Taylor (thigh) is listed as probable against the Bengals. Entering his third season as a pro, the Boise State product injured his quad during Miami’s second preseason game against the Carolina Panthers. Taylor is coming off his most productive season after a rookie campaign in which he saw limited playing time. In 12 games (3 starts), Taylor recorded 31 tackles, 30 in total and 1 assist a year ago.
Running back LaMichael James (shoulder), tackle Branden Albert, and wide receiver DeVante Parker (foot) are all expected to see action in Cincy, as they’re also listed as probable. Even though he’s listed as a running back, James is expected to see most of his playing time with the special teams unit. After six productive seasons as a member of the Chiefs, Albert earned the job of starting left tackle and is a key component of this offensive line.
Rounding out the Dolphins’ list of probables for Sunday’s game is Parker, a rookie receiver out of Louisville. The 22-year-old underwent foot surgery in June and made his 2015 debut on September 3 versus the Buccaneers. If his abilities on the practice field are any indication, this is a player that NFL Fantasy owners must keep a very close eye on, and is also the reason he’s being handled with kid gloves. Parker, 22, has definitely raised some eyebrows heading into the opener, and thus, Philbin tapped him to back up two-time Pro Bowler Greg Jennings as a second-string wideout.
The lone player in Miami’s list of doubtful players for the opener is tackle Jason Fox (concussion). Fox suffered a concussion in the Fins’ 31-30 preseason loss to the Panthers in Week 2. He’s currently second on Miami’s 2015 depth chart, backing up first-stringer, Branden Albert. Here’s a recap of the Miami Dolphins’ 2015 NFL Week 1 Injury Report, followed by the Washington Redskins’ list of hobbled players:READ MORE: 911 Calls Released Of Aftermath Of Memorial Day Weekend Mass Shooting In NW Dade
Dolphins NFL Week 1 Injury Report & Game Status
(CB) Jamar Taylor (thigh)
(RB) LaMichael James (shoulder)
(T) Branden Albert (knee)
(WR) DeVante Parker (foot)
(T) Jason Fox (concussion)
Redskins NFL Week 1 Injury Report & Game Status
(DE) Frank Kearse (shoulder)
(QB) Robert Griffin (concussion)
(T) Tom Compton (calf)
Abe Gutierrez’s passion led him to ditch law school journey in order to launch his own publishing company. His expertise make him a valued addition to Examiner.com, AXS.com and the CBS-Sports family. Some of his work can be found on CBS-Miami (Dolphins), CBS-LosAngeles (Chargers) and CBS-TampaBay (Buccaneers), AXS.com, Examiner.com. and other online publications.