Title: Miami Dolphins’ Jaylen Waddle’s Availability Against Denver Broncos in Doubt as Concussion Symptoms Persist
Subtitle: RB Salvon Ahmed also at risk of missing the game due to a groin injury
Miami, FL – September 21, 2023
As the Miami Dolphins prepare to face off against the Denver Broncos in their home opener on Sunday, the chances of star wide receiver Jaylen Waddle taking the field are rapidly diminishing. Waddle, who suffered a concussion, missed his second consecutive practice on Thursday, leaving him with a limited timeframe to recover and prove his availability for the upcoming game.
Waddle’s absence from Thursday’s practice was confirmed by reporters present, who noted that he was one of two key offensive players not participating. The other player was RB2 Salvon Ahmed, who is dealing with a groin injury. With the Dolphins’ cautious approach to injured players, it seems likely that both Waddle and Ahmed will miss Week 3.
Should Ahmed be unable to play, rookie De’Von Achane is expected to receive an increased workload. Achane showcased his talent with a five-yard carry in his NFL debut, impressing Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel, who commended his performance and expressed confidence in Achane’s ability to step up if given the opportunity.
In the absence of Waddle, the Dolphins plan to employ a by-committee approach for their receiving targets. Braxton Berrios, Erik Ezukanma, and River Cracraft have all made contributions in the team’s first two games. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa praised the rotation of players, highlighting its benefits in terms of timing and familiarity with different routes.
Meanwhile, cornerback Xavien Howard, who had a rest day on Wednesday, returned to practice on Thursday, offering some positive news for the Dolphins in the defensive unit.
Looking ahead to the game against the Broncos, the injury report for both teams suggests that the Dolphins may be more affected. While the Broncos’ injury status is not yet available, the Dolphins listed Waddle and Ahmed as “did not practice,” indicating their uncertain availability. It remains to be seen if either player will be limited or able to participate fully.
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As the countdown to Sunday’s game continues, Dolphins fans and coaches alike will keep a close eye on Waddle and Ahmed’s progress, hoping for a positive turn of events that could see their star wide receiver and promising running back take the field against the Broncos.
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Source: Pro Football Network