MIAMI GARDENS — The Miami Dolphins are monitoring the right hand injury that led to the withdrawal of outside linebacker Bradley Chubb before returning to last Sunday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers before they face the Patriots in New England this Sunday. the match of.
Chubb was one of eight Dolphins who didn’t participate in Wednesday’s practice in Miami — six because of injuries — ahead of the team’s pivotal AFC East matchup in Foxborough. other: Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (concussion), left tackle Terron Armstead (toe/pec/knee/hip), Alec Ingold (thumb), tackle Eric Fisher (calf) and wide receiver River Cracraft (calf). Outside linebacker Melvin Ingram and running back Raheem Mostert got veterans off Wednesday.
Armstead and hip added a fourth body part to the injury report while already dealing with three previous ailments.
“There are some question marks that are as big as they’ve been all season because some guys have some legitimate issues,” McDaniel said. “They all know how important it is. All the people who are really involved are the people we depend on the most and they feel responsible.
“They’re going to do whatever they can, but at the same time, you can only control so much. I do know for a fact that those who have issues, I don’t have to question anything about the process going into game day.”
McDaniel was relieved to learn that his team has been plagued by injuries all season.
“We’ve been down this road and we’ve had these representatives,” he said. “If any of those guys can’t go, we’re lucky to have some professionals that our team believes in who can go and do the task at hand and see if we can get out of December.”
The Dolphins (8-7) are trying to snap a four-game losing streak and December winless streak with a New Year’s Day game against the Patriots (7-8).
Miami also had safety Eric Rowe (quad/knee) and Clayton Fejedelem (knee) and outside linebacker Jaelan Phillips (toe) restricted during Wednesday’s practice.
quarterback teddy bridgewater, who Queuing to Tagovailoastill listed on the injury report as being treated for a knee ailment that sidelined him for five games, but played fully Wednesday.
Patriots wide receiver and longtime Dolphins DeVante Parker missed their Wednesday practice with a concussion. Along with him, cornerbacks Jalen Mills (groin), Marcus Jones (concussion), Jack Jones (knee) and tackle Yodny Cajuste (illness) missed practice, as did special team Matthew Slater for the veterans’ break.
Offensive linebacker Liam Eikenberger was activated from injured reserve on Tuesday, and the Dolphins will make a decision this week whether to relocate him to his original starting job at left guard or keep Robert Jones. There, because he has filled the void so well.
“I’m excited,” Eichenberg said of returning to the active roster after three weeks of practice since being designated a return from a knee injury Oct. 30 against the Detroit Lions. “I think we have a special team with a special opportunity. We have a responsibility to control what we do. I think there’s a lot of optimism and we’re looking forward to this week.”
Neither Eichenberg nor Jones is sure how the starters will be decided this week. McDaniel has repeatedly said Eikenberg was playing his best football before the injury happened.
“It kind of depends on what the coaches want to do,” Eikenberg said. “I feel good. They activate me for a reason. My knee feels good, like it always has. But I’m looking forward to this week, getting out there, focusing on what I need to improve and getting back on track. “
Jones has maintained his approach, and no matter what happens, he is ready to step up when needed, or ready to come off the bench.
“Go and see what happens,” Jones said. “Continue to take advantage of my opportunities no matter what happens. Continue to prepare for my next opportunity.”