Miami Dolphins injury report: Big news for Xavien Howard, DeVante Parker, Byron Jones
The Dolphins released their first Friday injury report of the season and the news is incredibly positive.
Cornerback Xavien Howard (knee), wide receiver DeVante Parker (hamstring) and cornerback Byron Jones (Achilles) all practiced in full and all are available and expected to play on Sunday at New England.
Howard has really ramped up his activity in the last two weeks after offseason knee surgery. Howard will likely be on a limited reps count. But his return in time for the season opener is incredibly encouraging.
It did not seem likely early in the summer. But Howard figures to rotate in with Jones, the highly-priced free agent addition, and impressive rookie Noah Igbinoghene.
The Dolphins were cautious with Parker and it seems to have paid dividends. He's looked explosive running recently. The last time Parker played, he tore up Patriots star cornerback Stephon Gilmore.
Jones' injury is a concern. But also of concern is that the Pro Bowler is adjusting to a new system, scheme and techniques.
The Dolphins are also expected to have tight end Mike Gesicki (glute) and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (hip) available on Sunday. Surely the Dolphins would prefer not to have to use Tagovailoa. But if necessary, he's ready when called upon.
Former Patriot Kyle Van Noy will play through a hand injury. Wide receiver Preston Williams is ready to go, after ramping up in his return from a knee injury.
The only player who is doubtful is safety Clayton Fejedelem, a special teams captain. Fejedelem likely injured his pectoral in Wednesday's practice. It's possible veterans Kavon Frazier or Jalal Perry or rookie Brandon Jones take on an increase role.