Miami Dolphins standout rookie safety Jevon Holland did not play against the New York Jets at the 1 p.m. kickoff on Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium despite being removed from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Saturday.
Holland made a questionable admission to reports of the team’s injury on Sunday, but he was officially downgraded with a “non-injury-related illness” more than four hours before kickoff on Sunday morning. He didn’t practice it last week after he was originally on the COVID list on Monday.
The Dolphins (6-7) face the Jets (3-10) without a top offensive and defensive rookie. In addition to Hollande, slot receiver Jaylen Waddle missed Sunday’s game against an AFC East rival after being placed on the COVID list on Thursday. Holland has 51 tackles, two interceptions, two sacks, and a pair of fumble recoveries in his first NFL season, while Waddell is on pace to break a rookie reception record, with 86 passes for 849 yards and four touchdowns. There is also a rushing score.
Miami is also missing running back Philip Lindsay, and the practice squad running back Gerid Dokes is also on the COVID list. The Dolphins activated to move Miles Gaskin and Salvone Ahmed off the COVID list on Friday, and they are available to play alongside Duke Johnson, who was named as a COVID replacement last week in the practice squad. was raised above.
Without Hollande free protection, the Dolphins started Nick Needham right there. They are also rolling the veteran Eric Rowe into the lineup with Brandon Jones in strong safety. Rowe replaced Jones there in two previous victories against the Carolina Panthers and New York Giants, but Jones is now back from his elbow injury.
Albert Wilson was about to start against the Jets, and Duke Johnson started running back. Receiver Tomille Lewis, signed to the practice squad on Monday and advanced to the game-day roster on Saturday, handled the early kickoff in Waddle’s absence.
Lewis is a West Palm Beach native and Dwyer high grad who also played at the Palm Beach Lakes earlier in his high school career. He has played for the New Orleans Saints over the past four seasons after a college career in northern Illinois.
Along with Holland, the other Dolphins declared before kickoff were inactive Adam Shaheen, safety Will Parks, defensive tackle John Jenkins and cornerback Trill Williams.
Shaheen entered Sunday with a knee injury, but Parks, Jenkins and Williams were inactive.
Starting left guard Austin Jackson is active and started against the Jets after dealing with a non-COVID illness and being limited in three drills last week. Safety Clayton Fjedelem was also suspected of having an ankle injury, but is available on Sunday.
This story will be updated.