Dolphins WR Preston Williams to go on IR; assistants still sidelined
MIAMI – Miami Dolphins receiver Preston Williams will be placed on injured reserve with a foot injury, meaning he’ll be sidelined for three games and perhaps longer. Coach Brian Flores announced the roster move Wednesday and declined to say whether Williams is expected to return this season. Flores says the injury is more serious than first thought, and additional tests are planned. Williams, who was hurt in Sunday’s win at Arizona, has a team-high four TD receptions. Flores also says the Dolphins remain in the NFL’s intensive protocol for COVID-19 and will be without “a few” assistant coaches during Wednesday’s practice.
Tagovailoa, Dolphins rally for 34-31 win over Cardinals
The 22-year-old Tagovailoa threw for 248 yards and two touchdowns in just his second NFL start as the Miami Dolphins rallied in the fourth quarter for a 34-31 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. “Tua did his part," Miami coach Brian Flores said. BIG FOOTSanders made a 56-yard field goal as time expired in the second quarter to give the Dolphins a 24-17 halftime lead. We’re trying to do everything we can.”INJURIESDolphins: WR Preston Williams (foot) left the game in the second quarter and didn't return. Cardinals: CB Kevin Peterson left the game early in the second quarter for a concussion evaluation and didn't return.
Dolphins players say they're excited about Tua's 1st start
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) celebrates his first NFL play with Miami Dolphins running back Matt Breida (22), Miami Dolphins guard Ted Karras (67) and Miami Dolphins running back Lynn Bowden (15) against the New York Jets during an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Tagovailoas winning personality helped the Miami Dolphins avoid locker room backlash when he was promoted to replace popular veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick. (AP Photo/Doug Murray)MIAMI – Tua Tagovailoa’s winning personality helped the Miami Dolphins avoid any locker room backlash when he was promoted to replace popular veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick. Even so, players who have spoken publicly regarding the change say they're excited about Tagovailoa becoming the starter. Under Tagovailoa, the Dolphins hope their offense will be even more dynamic. “Just like everybody else, I'm excited to see him in his first start.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL___Follow Steven Wine on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Steve_Wine
Teammates excited to see Tua Tagovailoa debut at quarterback
DAVIE, Fla. – Miami Dolphins fans aren’t the only ones excited to see Tua Tagovailoa take over at quarterback. Tight end Mike Gesicki said he’s “super excited for Tua.” Gesicki said that Tua has practiced hard and has a great work ethic. I’m ready to see what he’s going to do, like everyone else.”Williams added that Tua does, “everything you want in a quarterback. Lawson added, “You wouldn’t think he’s a rookie if you watch him in practice. You’d think he’s been in the game a long time.”The Dolphins host the Rams on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Dolphins turn up heat on Jets and embattled Gase, 24-0
The Jets (0-6) became the NFL's only winless team and continued their worst start since 1996, increasing the heat on embattled coach Adam Gase. The Dolphins blanked the Jets for the first time since the January 1983 AFC championship game, which they won 14-0. The two teams were a combined 0 for 19 on third downs before the Jets finally converted with 11 minutes left. The Dolphins' only third-down conversion came on a completion by Tagovailoa, who went 2 for 2 for 9 yards. ANTHEMRunning back Ty Jackson was the only player kneeling for the Jets during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”The Dolphins stayed in the locker room.
Fitzpatrick handles Jaguars again as Dolphins get first win
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick laughs with coaches as he comes off the field after defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars in an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Ryan Fitzpatrick handles the Jacksonville Jaguars as well as anyone in the NFL. Fitzpatrick completed his first 12 passes — a career high — as Miami scored touchdowns on its first three drives for the first time since 2011. Fitzpatrick also ran for 39 yards and a score, his 37-year-old legs looking as fresh as any in Miami’s backfield. “As a group we just didn't get it done,” said Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew, who completed 30 of 42 passes for 275 yards and two turnovers. The Jaguars have won two in a row against the Bengals, notching victories in 2017 and 2019.
Allen reaches career high in passing, Bills beat Dolphins
Allen reached a career high in yards passing for the second week in a row, and became the first Buffalo quarterback to have back-to-back 300-yard games since Drew Bledsoe in 2002. The Bills totaled 524 yards, with 342 in the first half, the most by the team since 2000. The Dolphins closed to 31-28 on an 8-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Mike Gesicki and a successful 2-point conversion with 49 seconds left. Allen threw touchdown passes to four receivers and Stefon Diggs led the Bills with eight catches for 153 yards. The Bills had scoring drives of 97 yards, 84 yards, and 73 yards in the first half.
Abram, Simmons among 2nd-year players poised for breakouts
Instead, the rookie safety injured his shoulder in the season opener and didnt play again last season. Now Abram is one of several second-year players poised for a breakout season in 2020. While Abrams season was cut short because of an injury, Tennessee first-round defensive tackle Jeffrey Simmons started late because of one. Simmons recovered in time to play nine games of the regular season and three playoff games. He showed flashes as a rookie with 59 catches for 680 yards and five TDs despite substandard quarterback play from Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges.
Dolphins WR Preston Williams out for the year
Miami's Preston Williams scores a touchdown against the New York Jets on Nov. 3, 2019 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. DAVIE, Fla. - Preston Williams is done for the year. Head coach Brian Flores announced that Williams was done for the year, but would not specify the injury. The Miami Herald reports that it's an ACL injury and could keep Williams out 9 months. The undrafted free agent had been a bright spot for the Dolphins since training camp.
Williams scores twice as Dolphins beat Jets for first win of season
Preston Williams of the Miami Dolphins scores a touchdown against the New York Jets on November 3, 2019. MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three touchdown passes, two of them to rookie Preston Williams, and the Miami Dolphins got their first win of the season by beating former coach Adam Gase and the New York Jets 26-18 on Sunday. The win leaves Cincinnati (0-8) as the NFL's lone winless team this season, and for now the frontrunners to win the No. Fitzpatrick completed 24 of 36 passes for 288 yards, and led the Dolphins to their highest point total of the season. Dolphins: Williams, the Dolphins' breakthrough rookie this season, got hurt twice -- first his right wrist in the third quarter, and then a knee in the fourth quarter.
Rosen throws for 191 yards in Dolphins debut
Miami Dolphins quarterback Josh Rosen directs the offense against the Atlanta Falcons during the first quarter of a preseason game at Hard Rock Stadium on Aug. 08, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Florida. MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Josh Rosen threw for 191 yards and directed three scoring drives of more than 60 yards to help the Miami Dolphins win their exhibition opener Thursday against the Atlanta Falcons, 34-27. He's competing for the quarterback job with veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, who worked the first two Dolphins series and led them to a field goal. Atlanta backup Matt Schaub threw for 172 yards and led the team to four scores in the first half. Michael Reaves/Getty Images Miami Dolphins quarterback Josh Rosen throws the ball away against the Atlanta Falcons during the second quarter of a preseason game at Hard Rock Stadium on Aug. 08, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Florida.