Miami Dolphins center Michael Deiter returned to training on Wednesday as he may move closer to recovering from a foot injury that has kept him in reserve since Oct. 2.
Daiter trained with a compression sleeve on his right leg in training on Wednesday ahead of the Dolphins’ home game on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers (5-6).
Miami (4-7) will see Deiter move forward this week to decide whether the team will activate him outside the IR until Sunday or in the coming weeks.
Dolphin coach Brian Flores noted ahead of Wednesday’s session that the other players he hopes are nearing a return to training – adoptive Will Fuller (finger) and Devante Parker (hamstring) and backward Malcolm Brown (quadriceps) need more time. to recover from injuries. All can be activated from the injured reserve when ready.
“It’s getting closer, but not quite yet,” Flores said.
Flores addressed the addition of security veteran Will Parks of the San Francisco 49ers training group to the Dolphins on Tuesday.
“He obviously has some experience in this league – loose safety, strong safety, kicks,” said Flores of Parks, who was number 36 in Miami training on Wednesday. “The ability to add it to the lineup, take a look at it. Guys got caught. This also played a role. We watched him over the years and had the opportunity to add him to our team. ”
Flores said corner-back Jamal Perry suffered a knee injury in Sunday’s win against the New York Jets and landed on the field on Tuesday as the season ends.
“I hate it when it happens,” said Flores. “He has made a significant contribution to this team for three years. He was in the asset [roster]… This year he is on the training team. He returned to the active last weekend and unfortunately it will be the end of the season. ”
However, the team is hoping that outside midfielder Brennan Scarlett, who was also placed in reserve on Tuesday with a knee injury sustained on Sunday, can return before the end of the season.
“It will take at least three weeks, and we kind of get down to business,” Flores said. “I don’t want to limit this time.”
In his absence, Flores said the Dolphins would sign another midfielder, Vince Bigel, to the 53-man training team, which was officially announced later Wednesday.
A valued member of Miami’s 2019 defense, Bigel missed the 2020 season with an Achilles break. He returned with the Dolphins to training camp before this season but was released due to injury before the Dolphins returned him to the training team in October.
“I think he moves well,” said Flores. “I think he brought a lot of juice, energy to practice when we raised him a couple of times.”
Tight end Adam Shaheen and defenseman Elijah Campbell were not visible during media scans on Wednesday. Shahin visibly limped after the game when he ran back to the sideline at the Jets on Sunday. Both were indeed listed as not participating in Wednesday’s injury report – Shaheen with a knee injury and Campbell with toe and knee problems.
Safety Dolphins Jevon Holland (knee / ankle), Brandon Jones safety (ankle / elbow), midfielder Elandon Roberts (thigh), quarterback Christian Wilkins (quads) and corner-back Trill Williams (hamstring) were deemed restricted participants on Wednesday. There were also full-backs Xavien Howard and Byron Jones, but they owed the veterans’ rest.
Thomas – HOF semifinalist
The Great Dolphin Zach Thomas has been named one of the 26 Semi-Finalists of the Modern Age in the 2022 Hall of Fame.
This is the fourth time that a semi-finalist, who has been waiting so long to take office, has become a semi-finalist. He was also a finalist on two previous occasions.
Thomas is a seven-time Pro Bowl player and five-time All-Pro pick with 1,734 tackles, 20 1/2 sacks and 17 interceptions over his 13-year NFL career, 12 of them with the Dolphins. He became the mainstay of Miami’s great defenses of the late 1990s and early 2000s, along with Hall of Fame defender Jason Taylor and full-backs Sam Madison and Patrick Surtaine.
Fifteen class finalists will be announced in January.
Thanksgiving Dinner Serving
Over the past week, dolphins have fed more than 8,500 members of the South Florida community as part of a series of Thanksgiving food giveaways.
The team partnered with the Miami Dolphins Foundation, Football UNITES community partners, local minority restaurants, team partners, Miami Gardens churches and dignitaries to feed those in need in the days leading up to Thursday’s holiday.
“The Miami Dolphins are delighted to have an impact on our community all year round, especially on Thanksgiving,” said Jason Jenkins, Dolphins senior vice president of public affairs and public affairs, in a statement. “These dishes bring our community together and we recognize the added need to support not only families but also local businesses during this time.”
Flores wondered what he was grateful for on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
“I think we all have a lot to be grateful for,” he said. “I am grateful to my wife, children and family. I will use this time to say how grateful I am to my wife and to all the soccer wives.
“I am grateful to be a part of this organization. I am grateful to our support team. I think we have great staff – from medicine to food, equipment and – you name it – IT, video. I think there are a lot of great people here. I am grateful for the cooperation with all of them. And I am grateful to the Dolphins fans and the community here, as well as the support of our team. ”