Jones listed at ques­tion­able, Parker prob­a­ble

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Nfl - By Omar Kelly South Florida Sun Sen­tinel On Twit­ter @omarkelly

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.

Parker pro­gress­ing

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.

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