After the team had closed their headquarters, the Miami Dolphins were back at practice on Friday. While one of the team’s best players returned to practice, the Dolphins also announced some bad news.
Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph confirmed on Friday that Howard re-injured his meniscus when he got tangled up with receiver Kenny Stills on Tuesday during 1-on-1 drills and will be out indefinitely. In July, Howard had surgery on the same right knee right before training camp.
“It’s really going to be how the rehab goes,” Dolphins head coach Adam Gase said on Friday. “It’s tough when you just went through this and now you have to do it again.”
This season, Howard has 28 tackles and a forced fumble in four games. Byron Maxwell will replace Howard in the Dolphins starting lineup this weekend. Prior the Bengals game, Howard was benched in place of second-year cornerback Tony Lippett.
Despite not being happy about being bench, Joseph said Maxwell has been better during practices this week.
“He has some issues with soft coverage and missed tackles, but the last few weeks in practice he kind of rectified those things,” Joseph said.
Tackle Branden Albert, who missed the game against the Cincinnati Bengals because of an ankle injury practiced on a limited basis for the first time this week. Albert also has been suffering from an undisclosed illness most of this week and did not practice on Tuesday and Wednesday. Albert is officially listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans, but Gase said he expects him to play.
While it appears Albert will play on Sunday, two other Dolphins players will not be in uniform. Linebacker Koa Misi (neck) and tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion) were listed as out of Sunday’s game on the Dolphins final injury report on Friday.
Misi injured his neck against the Browns and hasn’t still recovered, so he wasn’t expected to play against the Titans. Cameron is still under the concussion protocol and it is unclear when he will play again.
Running back Arian Foster is doubtful to play against the Titans as he is still working his way back from a groin/hamstring injury. Foster got injured during the New England Patriots game in Week 2 and hadn’t played since then.
Players that also questionable include, center Mike Pouncey (hip), center/guard Anthony Steen (ankle) and linebacker Jelani Jenkins (groin). Pouncey has yet to play in a regular-season game because of a hip injury he suffered in the Dolphins second preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Dolphins head coach Adam Gase said on Friday that Pouncey should be ready to go against the Titans this Sunday. Offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen said he is happy to have Pouncey back.
“Anytime you get your leader back, anytime you get one of the heartbeats of this thing back, it is big, said Christensen. It is the veteran presence if we are shaken. He gives us a veteran presence, he will give us some confidence, he will give us some swagger.”
Steen is questionable as he missed the game against the Bengals because of an ankle injury. Jenkins also missed the Bengals game with a groin.
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