Dolphins’ McDaniel updates key injuries on offensive line and more | Miami Herald

Dolphins’ McDaniel updates key injuries on offensive line and more | Miami Herald

After experiencing additional groin pain, Dolphins center Connor Williams will be unable to practice this week, and his availability for Sunday’s home game against Carolina (1 p.m.) is highly questionable.
Coach Mike McDaniel made the statement to CBS.

McDaniel said on Friday, “We expected [the groin] to be hurting him and it has.
Following his absence from the Oct.
2 game against Buffalo, “We knew there would be residual effects” with his groin.
however, on October 1, they faced the Giants. 8.

He won’t practice on Friday, according to McDaniel.
“It’s imperative that we gather more data. We’ll evaluate that before deciding whether or not to play him on game day. “.

Williams didn’t tear his groin, however, and McDaniel emphasized that Williams didn’t “do something more significant” to make his groin worse.
It’s thus a relief.
The injury is not getting worse; rather, it is being maintained.
“We want to perform well and avoid having it last the entire season.

Although it’s possible that it wasn’t the case last season, McDaniel claimed he would feel comfortable playing Williams without putting in a full week of practice.

The good news for Miami is that right guard Robert Hunt, whose participation in practice on Thursday was limited due to a knee injury, is fine and will likely play on Sunday, according to McDaniel.

Runner Jeff Wilson Jr. If the Dolphins decide to activate him, McDaniel said he is fit enough to come off injured reserve and play on Sunday.
According to McDaniel, Wilson could reasonably expect to play 25 snaps on Sunday.

We’re going to let Friday play out because there’s only one open roster spot and a lot going on with the entire roster, according to McDaniel.
Wilson would be prepared to leave if he went in that direction.

Jaelan Phillips, a linebacker, is uncertain for Sunday after missing two weeks due to an oblique injury.
This past week, he claimed that he was feeling better.

Jaelan is the most perilous player to himself; we have many of them, according to McDaniel.
He isn’t used to getting hurt.
This week, he desired to play.

It hasn’t been decided when cornerback Nik Needham and guard Rob Jones will be added to the 53-man roster, despite the fact that both “have looked outstanding since their window opened,” according to McDaniel. The Dolphins have 10 days to decide between the two.

Up to seven Dolphins players have the potential to play this year after being placed on injured reserve.
Only eight players can be recalled by a team during the entire season due to injury.

According to McDaniel, that problem “is definitely on our radar.”.
“That is a significant factor in the decision-making process, and we are very aware of it.
That is the initial topic of those discussions.
who might physically be available. if we didn’t put him on IR, and if we did, the clear guidelines and policies of the IR system.

Five of the eight will be made up of Terron Armstead, Jalen Ramsey, De’Von Achane, Wilson, and Jones.
Eriz Ezukanma and River Cracraft could bring the total to seven.
Being on PUP prevents Needham from counting toward the eight.


If Williams is unable to play, Liam Eichenberg will start.
Two weeks ago, when he made his first NFL start at center against Buffalo, Eichenberg said he didn’t feel as at ease there.

Eichenberg claimed that he independently reviewed his snaps from the Bills game and picked up on some subtleties that will be useful. He has also been watching tapes of veteran Lions center Frank Ragnow due to their similar body types.

“It starts with my stance,” Eichenberg declared.
“Becoming more at ease with my posture.
Taking steps in an effort to leave the ball more quickly. When I first started, I was constantly popping up, false-stepping, and failing to take a good stance.
My stance has changed.
I’m still learning how to do this job, so I’m trying to pick it up as quickly as I can.

Eichenberg claimed to be practicing as though he would play.

“Every week with Connor having issues from previous weeks, I’m always putting myself in position where if he’s not out there, if he goes down, I’m able to run the offense and point everything correctly,” he said.

What about playing center are people unaware of?

Eichenberg said, “You’ve got to deal with all your guys on the o-line.
For five guys, the center is calling every play and managing the entire game.
The fact that the center essentially runs the show is the main thing that most people are unaware of.

Receiver Chase Claypool, who was acquired from Chicago last Friday, has reportedly performed admirably in practice, according to McDaniel.
He is eager to help and is hungry. There are many factors at play when it comes to the particular defense and what we actually need in this game.
That and what he offers the team are being considered.

Making the playoffs was once enough to satisfy the Dolphins and their supporters.
With Miami leading the AFC East with a 4-1 record, the objectives are now greater than that.

Winning the division, according to Chubb, is “very important.”.
“Taking care of the division is a step in the right direction toward achieving the end result.
Making the playoffs no longer brings people joy.
Our mentality is distinct.


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