Jones listed at questionable, Parker probable
DAVIE — The Miami Dolphins could be forced to play the Oakland Raiders without starting safety Reshad Jones, who is listed as questionable with a right shoulder injury he suffered last week.
Jones had his practice participation limited this week, but his status likely depends on how comfortable Miami’s trainers and coaches are with the nineyear veteran playing with the injury, and whether or not it could get worse and possibly end his season.
“The fact that he’s doing a little more each day gives us a chance. It’s going to be a game-time [decision],” Dolphins coach Adam Gase
said of Jones, who has started 98 games since being drafted by the Dolphins in the fifth round in 2010.
If Miami is forced to play without Jones, a three-time Pro Bowl player who is
viewed as Miami’s best defender, it’s likely that Minkah Fitzpatrick, the Dolphins’ 2018 first-round pick, would make his first NFL start.
Fitzpatrick has been working as Miami’s firstteam nickel the past two games, but Jones’ absence might force him moving to free safety full time.
The Dolphins also could play Maurice Smith as the free safety paired with T.J. McDonald and continue to use Fitzpatrick as the nickel cornerback. If Miami does move to Fitzpatrick to free safety, Bobby McCain would likely return to the nickel spot, which would open the door for cornerbacks Torry McTyer and Cordrea Tankersley to play on the boundary.
Dolphins receiver DeVante Parker has practiced without limitations all week
“It’s going to be a game-time [decision].”
Adam Gase, Dolphins coach on safety Reshad Jones’ status for today’s game against the Raiders.
and has been cleared to play his first game of the season.
Gase seemed excited about getting Parker, the Dolphins’ 2015 first-round pick, back because Miami’s been missing a physical receiver who could get off press coverage.
“It’s a good problem to have,” Gase said referring to having five receivers, who all have specific packages in the offense. “Those guys are really working hard to make sure they are doing exactly what they need to do.”
Parker was a healthy scratch last week because Gase wanted to give him an extra week so the broken finger on his right hand can fully heal. Parker said the hand has improved drastically.
■ Defensive lineman William Hayes, who is nursing a hand injury, had his practice participation limited on Friday, but has been cleared to play on Sunday.
■ McCain, who is nursing a left knee injury he suffered during Thursday’s practice, practiced without limitations on Friday and has been cleared to play.
Reshad Jones had his practice participation limited this week after injuring his should last week against the Jets.