This is a season that has already been altered by injuries. There is no need to explain how important injuries are in the NFL. The NFL is a league where guys play at less than 100% every week and no matter how good your team is, things can change with one major injury to a key player.
In today’s NFL I would almost argue depth is more important than starters and health is more important than skill. We are heading into a game against a division rival where we are currently a touchdown favorite on the road. Let’s see who is on the injury report and what it means for this game.
Rey Maualuga (Hamstring): While it’s not as detrimental of a loss as others, it hurts because of the current lack of depth at linebacker. The Dolphins have recently signed former first-rounder Stephone Anthony from the New Orleans Saints (for a 2018 5th round pick) and hopefully he will be ready to go on Sunday.
DeVante Parker (Ankle): Did not practice on Wednesday and he would certainly be a loss to this offense. It appears when Cutler wants to go deep he feels comfortable with Parker’s ability to win one-on-one battles. He would certainly be missed on Sunday if he didn’t play.
Mike Pouncey (Hip): Did not practice. However, don’t be alarmed, this is following his day on day off routine. Pouncey would be the player missed the most on this team if he didn’t play. With Pouncey in at center Jay Ajayi averages over 120 yards per game.
Jordan Phillips (Ankle): Did not practice and while this would affect the depth on the defensive line, it’s not a huge loss. Phillips who has been overtaken by Godchaux for a starting spot is a great rotational guy but luckily it’s at a deep position.
Also, here are some players who were listed on the injury report earlier in the week. Jarvis Landry (limited) and Jay Ajayi (out) were both listed on the injury report, however Adam Gase has said that both are expected to start on Sunday.
Losing Landry (who was the most targeted receiver last Sunday) and Ajayi who often looked like the best player on the field last week would have been massive blows. Things are looking up for running back Damian Williams, as he participated fully in practice.
Due to the fact that none of these injuries have been deemed to be serious there is no reason not to believe that the team will be just fine against the Jets. Continue to follow Cover_32 and myself @awesomephinatic for more Miami Dolphins coverage. Until next time, Fins Up!