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Dolphins activate Jaylen Waddell, Philip Lindsay but add new name to COVID-19 list; Will Fuller likely to be out for the season

The Miami Dolphins are withdrawing two offensive playmates from the reserve/COVID-19 list for their final three-game stretch of the regular season after playing without them in a 31-24 win over the New York Jets on Sunday.

The Dolphins activated wide receiver Jaylen Waddle and drove back Philip Lindsay after missing Sunday’s game, Dolphins coach Brian Flores said in Monday’s Webb conference.

Waddell returns for 849 yards with his 86 receptions. He is still on pace to break Anquan Boldin’s NFL rookie reception record (101) despite missing a game. The NFL added one regular-season game to this season’s schedule, so Waddle can still hold the record for the traditional 16 games played.

Lindsey had 12 carries for 42 yards in his debut with the Dolphins, a November 28 win against the Carolina Panthers after the Houston Texans claimed an exemption. Lindsay was then ruled out of the following week’s game against the New York Giants due to an ankle injury. Then, he landed on the post-COVID list in Miami’s goodbye week before Sunday’s game.

The return of Waddle and Lindsay brings another layer of reinforcement to the Dolphins offense when Miami signed a running back Duke Johnson to the active roster on Monday, following the former Miami Hurricanes star’s career run of 107 rushing yards and two touchdowns on Sunday. after game.

While the Dolphins established a season running for 183 yards, they also threw only 196 yards without a waddle, as quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s performance was uneven. He was stopped twice, once for a touchdown.

Flores also said that rookie safety Jevon Hollande has not yet approved league COVID protocols, so he still cannot return to the team to practice. Holland was activated from the COVID list before the 4 p.m. deadline on Saturday, as he could clear protocol for Sunday’s game, but since he was not able, Holland was among Miami’s inactive players against the Jets. was one of Keeping him off the COVID list until he is available gives the Dolphins a spot on the 53-man roster until he becomes eligible to be active.

Dolphins placed Justin Coleman as cornerback on Monday, after the team announced that two players were withdrawn from the COVID list. Coleman played 63% of Miami’s defensive snaps against the Jets on Sunday.

Along with Johnson, the Dolphins also signed safety Sheldrick Redwine, a fellow Miami Hurricanes alum, to the active roster from the practice squad. This is Redwine’s second full-time stint on the Dolphins’ 53-man roster. Since being released from the team and rejoining the practice squad, he has been promoted three times – once as a COVID-19 replacement. Miami also waived Safety Will Parks on Monday.

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Fuller likely for the season

Every week since Dolphins wide receiver Will Fuller has been able to activate from injured reserve following his October 3 injury to the Indianapolis Colts, Flores has made it a week at a time with his comments on Fuller’s availability. took.

On Monday, Flores finally revealed that Fuller would likely miss the rest of the season.

“Will had some setbacks during his rehab,” Flores said. “I don’t expect him this week, and I don’t expect him to be back this season.”

Fuller signed a one-year, $10.6 million deal with the Dolphins in the off-season. He played a full game on September 26 at the Las Vegas Raiders, and played a quarter against the Colts before being injured. Fuller also missed the New England Patriots opener, serving the final game of his PED suspension stemming from his time with the Houston Texans last season and missing out on Week 2 against the Buffalo Bills for personal reasons.

Fuller had four receptions for 26 yards, as well as a successful 2-point conversion catch for the Dolphins this year.

running back position

With Johnson now on the 53-man roster and making a strong case for becoming the Dolphins’ new lead back, with the activation of Lindsay, the Dolphins have a crowded running room.

Miles Gaskin, who has led the team this season, still had 10 carries for 54 yards – mostly in a 30-yard run on Miami’s game-winning drive – in Johnson’s spell on Sunday.

Gaskin revealed on Monday that he felt ill early in his COVID tenure. When he began to feel better, he ran alone in a park near his home on Thursday before being able to return for practice on Friday.

“I just made sure I was ready, locked in on the game plan, so when my number was called, I was ready to go,” Gaskins said.

While fellow running back Salwon Ahmed was also activated from the COVID list on Friday, he did not play against the Jets.

“Just came out of COVID, and we only had three backs,” Flores said on Monday. “It was driving it well together with Duke, Miles driving it well. That’s how it goes.”

Fellow running back Malcolm Brown could come back from injured reserve this week as he practiced all last week but didn’t activate the Saturday before a Jets game. Dolphins can put her on the IR and practice for two more weeks if they want. Flores said the Browns would continue to practice before facing the Saints in Monday Night Football next week.

“We’ll see how it goes,” Flores said.

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