The Miami Dolphins have been forced to play without starters in every part of the game due to a lengthy list of injuries sustained in recent weeks.
The Dolphins’ head coach,Mike McDaniel , informed the media and fans with many players who have been sidelined due to injuries following their Week 15 victory over the New York Jets.
Here’s what he had to say during his availability on Monday afternoon:
RT Austin Jackson
“With Austin, I would say that the timeframe isn’t what Jaelan Phillips was (earlier in the season). It’s not as severe. However, we’re going to have to see how it progresses through the week. Day-to-day, I would say with some optimism, but there’s a lot of unknown.”
WR Tyreek Hill and CB Xavien Howard
“Inherently, to me, if you are working a player out before the game, inherently, they’re close. If you are taking it to the game day and putting them through a workout, for me, that is close enough that you couldn’t rule it out. As far as how it progresses during the week, we’ll take that a day at a time, but I think, with the guys that were working out before the game, that, in itself, lets you know that it’s close. If it wasn’t close we wouldn’t be working them out.”
DBs Jevon Holland and DeShon Elliott
In terms of the guys that were out this game, talking about (Nos.) 21 and 8, right? We’ll continue to take it day-by-day with Jevon… He’s been tirelessly trying to get back, so his body will tell him and us when it’s ready to go, but I can promise you that he’s been as delligent as anyone.
“Has DeShon cleared concussion protocol already? Not yet. He’s been progressing well, and we’re anticipating those final stages. That’s, again, with concussions, unfortunately, we’re well-versed in that (area). I just want to make sure that he’s good to go and don’t really worry about a timeline, but (we’re) very optimistic as you can tell.”
DE Emmanuel Ogbah
“Soft tissue. Should be day-to-day. We’ll see for this week.”
LG Isaiah Wynn
“Again, I don’t like to completely shut the door on anything. What I do know is he’s been doing well, and I haven’t really been worried about a timeline for both us and him. So, it’s not really on my radar, at this time. I’ve got enough injuries on the plate, so what I do know is that I see him in his process, and he’s going about it diligently.”
RG Robert Hunt
“I’d like to see how he develops this week. I’m not going to rule (him sitting out another week) out. I’m just optimistic that it’s going to turn the corner, and he’s going to feel good. I’m just watching him his diligent work, as he desperately wants to be with his teammates, and I think he’s showing them that.”
CB Cam Smith
An additional soft tissue. During training camp, he sustained an injury that demonstrated to his colleagues his inner strength and resilience. He returned really quickly. It’s really day-to-day, but I have hope for him.