Heading into one of the biggest games of the season—in terms of keeping playoff hopes alive—Adam Gase and the Miami Dolphins’ coaches penciled in a total of 11 players in the mandatory Week 11 injury report. The good news is that, out of those 11 hobbled players, only one has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against a very dangerous San Diego Chargers team.
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Rookie cornerback Xavien Howard will miss his fifth straight game as he continues to recover from knee surgery. Miami’s second-round draft pick went under the knife about a month ago to repair a meniscus in the same knee that forced him to sit out all of training camp.
Because this was his second procedure, the Dolphins are treating Howard’s situation with kid gloves, and rightly so, given his potential as a future starter. On Wednesday, the former Baylor standout was seen running on the practice field.
That is a particularly good sign for Dolphins fans, as it indicates the 23-year-old from Houston, Texas is progressing in the rehabilitation process and could be back in action in the coming weeks. In four games played, Howard has registered 28 tackles, two passes defended and a forced fumble.
“I’m just taking it day-by-day,” he said when asked about his potential return. “There’s no timeline.”
The other cornerback in the Fins’ Week 11 injury report is Chris Culliver, who’s also nursing an injured knee. Anxiously awaiting the opportunity to make his Dolphins debut, the sixth-year man out of South Carolina is listed as questionable, despite having had full participation in practice this week.
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On the opposite side of the rock, there are two players in this week’s report that could play a huge role in Miami extending its win streak to four games against the high-scoring Bolts: wide receiver Jarvis Landry (shoulder) and tight end Dion Sims (concussion).
Landry, who leads the team in receptions and yards (49 catches, 605 yards, 1 TD), is questionable after missing Wednesday and Thursday’s practice before participating in Friday’s session on a limited basis. Sims (8 catches, 94 yards), who has missed the past two games, practiced this week without limitations, but would need to pass the late stage of the NFL’s concussion protocol test before being cleared to play on Sunday.
In addition to Landry and Sims, wide receivers Kenny Stills (calf) and Leonte Carroo (knee), as well as tight end MarQueis Gray (ankle) are also listed as questionable at San Diego. After full participation in practice (all three days), Carroo should be available to play, but there are question marks surrounding the other two players for a Dolphins team that will need all the offense it can muster to upset the Chargers.
Miami’s third-leading receiver, Stills (17 catches, 328 yards, 3 TDs), did not practice Wednesday or Thursday, but was able to take limited amount of snaps on Friday. The only other player that was limited this week was Gray (5 catches, 91 yards), as he did not practice on Wednesday and was limited on Thursday before having full participation on Friday.
Miami Dolphins Injury Report & Game Statuses
(CB) Xavien Howard (Knee) — Did Not Participate In Practice
(CB) Chris Culliver (Knee) — Full Participation in Practice
(TE) Dion Sims (Concussion) — Full Participation in Practice
(OL) Jermon Bushrod (Shoulder) — Limited Participation in Practice
(S) Isa Abdul-Quddus (Ankle) — Limited Participation in Practice
(TE) MarQueis Gray (Ankle) — Limited Participation in Practice
(WR) Leonte Carroo (Knee) — Full Participation in Practice
(LB) Jelani Jenkins (Hand) — Full Participation in Practice
(WR) Kenny Stills (Calf) — Did Not Participate In Practice
(WR) Jarvis Landry (Shoulder) — Did Not Participate In Practice
(C/G) Anthony Steen (Neck) — Limited Participation in Practice
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