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Dolphins WR Jakeem Grant Did Not Tear Achilles in Sunday’s Loss to Packers

Dolphins wide receiver Jakeem Grant did not tear his Achilles in Sunday’s road loss to the Green Bay Packers as initially feared according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Grant had been struggling with an Achilles injury in practice last week and apparently re-aggravated it against the Packers. The team feared the worst when the 26-year-old had to be carted off the field so the follow-up is definitely good news. Grant still may “miss some time” but it does not sound like this is a season-ending injury.

He will have the Week 11 bye week to rehab. Grants has been a real boon for the Dolphins’ offense in 2018, with two receiving TDs and a punt return for touchdown as a big-play threat behind Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker.

Dolphins Offensive Line Beat Up Heading Into Sunday’s Game

The Dolphins are desperately trying to find enough healthy bodies to suit up on their injury-ravaged offensive line for the Week 10 matchup against the Packers at Lambeau Field according to Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post.

“We’ve got about nine different lineups,” head coach Adam Gase said. “If you’ve got a pulse you’re in the mix. We’re out of guys.” Left guard Ted Larsen is listed as doubtful for Sunday with a neck injury, while left tackle Laremy Tunsil and right tackle Ja’Wuan James are both listed as questionable. And Gase said the team is still struggling to replace Josh Sitton, a Pro Bowl guard they signed this offseason with the thought that he would make a big difference up front. Sitton suffered a season-ending injury in Week One.

Counting Sitton, the Dolphins could be down as many as four starters on their O-line on Sunday. Quarterback Brock Osweiler could be in for a very long day.

Jets vs Dolphins NFL Week Nine Inactives

Here’s the Inactives for today’s Jets matchup with the Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami

Jets

OG Dakota Dozier
DT Folorunso Fatukasi
CB Trumaine Johnson
CB Derrick Jones
LB Frankie Luvu
LB Kevin Pierre-Louis
TE Neal Sterling

Dolphins

TE A.J. Derby
DE Charles Harris
C Wesley Johnson
LB Martrell Spaight
QB Ryan Tannehill
DE Jonathan Woodard
OT Sam Young

Dolphins WR Albert Wilson to Be Placed on IR with a Hip Injury

Dolphins receiver Albert Wilson will be placed on injured reserve prior to Thursday’s game, effectively ending his first season with the team, Safid Deen of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

Wilson will not require surgery for a hip injury he suffered in Miami’s loss to the Detroit Lions last Sunday, but the move to injured reserve will give him time to recover.

“Thank you God. No surgery needed! The comeback will be real!!” Wilson posted from his Twitter account Tuesday evening after he was evaluated in the morning.

Wilson will become the ninth Dolphins player placed on injured reserve this season, but will not be able to return after 8 weeks. The Dolphins have already designated their allotted two players, center Jake Brendel and linebacker Mike Hull, to return from injured reserve this year.

Dolphins vs Bengals NFL Week Five Inactives

Here’s today’s inactives for the Bengals and Dolphins from Paul Brown Stadium in Cincy.

Dolphins

DE Andre Branch
TE A.J. Derby
QB David Fales
CB Bobby McCain
WR DeVante Parker
OT Zach Sterup
DE Cameron Wake

Bengals

RB Giovani Bernard
LB Malik Jefferson
OT Cedric Ogbuehi
C Billy Price
WR John Ross
WR Auden Tate
DT Josh Tupou

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Dolphins DE William Hayes Tears ACL in Knee Trying to Not Put Full Body Weight on Raiders QB Derek Carr

The Dolphins have lost a defensive player for likely the rest of the season, all because of the leagues new insane rules regarding hitting quarterbacks.

The player is DE William Hayes, who tore the ACL in his right knee on Sunday in an odd way.

The defense end hurt his knee after a sack of Raiders quarterback Derek Carr on third-down, but not on the actual sack, but stopping from putting his body weight on Carr so as to not draw a penalty.

“He was trying to not put body weight on the quarterback,” Miami coach Adam Gase said. “His foot got caught in the ground.”

The new rule has been a drawing a lot of fire, as maybe the biggest spokesperson against it is Packers linebacker Clay Matthews Jr., who was again hit with a flag in Sunday’s loss for Green Bay in Washington.

According to new NFL rule changes, a defender “is responsible for avoiding landing on the quarterback when taking him to the ground.” Violating the rule results in a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty.

Gase would not elaborate if stopping his weight is how Hayes tore the knee, but he did go on to say “I’m just telling you what happened. … I’m just telling you what he did.”

It’s only going to get worse the way things are going in the NFL.

Dolphins Quarterback Ryan Tannehill Determined to Come Back Better Than Ever in 2018

When the 2018 season begins, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill will start his first regular season game since 2016.

Tannehill felt helpless watching the Dolphins struggle last season. It’s often viewed as cliche when a player says he improved while watching, but Tannehill’s explanation goes beyond film study. Time away has prompted him to approach his job differently, Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post reports.

“I am enjoying the moments,” Tannehill said. “Enjoying the process. Enjoying the grind. Enjoying the relationships. At the end of the day, doing what I love. I love competing. I love playing the position. And everything it entails. I love winning. How many guys can say they get to do this on a day-to-day basis?”

“I truly believe I’m in a better position than I ever have been,” Tannehill said. “Playing with more confidence. Excited. I think I had to go through the things I had to go through to get to where I am today. Obviously — obviously I kind of wish I could have been where I am now five years ago.”

Tannehill believes, without hesitation, he’s about to embark on the best year of his career.

“Totally believe that,” Tannehill said. “Totally believe that. I am more prepared than I have ever been. To play the position. Everything it encompasses. Physically. Mentally. Emotionally. I’m more solid than I’ve ever been. I’m more consistent fundamentally than I’ve ever been.”