After taking a helmet-to-helmet hit in Week 2’s 24-17 win over the New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle has been in concussion protocol. As the Dolphins prepare for the big AFC East showdown against the Buffalo Bills, they’ve shown signs of optimism for Waddle’s availability on Sunday.
Waddle was listed as questionable in this past Sunday’s 70-20 explosive blowout over the Denver Broncos, but ultimately was declared out a day before.
Waddle will practice with Dolphins Wednesday
Head coach Mike McDaniel said on Monday that signs were trending towards a return for Waddle going into this weekend, saying the team was very optimistic.
“We’re very optimistic in how he’s feeling but just worried about him getting right and that should take care of itself here soon,”
However, it was announced on Wednesday that HC McDaniel said that Jaylen Waddle will fully participate in practice today. If all goes well in practice, Waddle should be able to clear concussion protocol and be ready to go for Sunday vs. the Bills.
Dolphins WR Jaylen Waddle will fully practice today, per HC Mike McDaniel. If all goes well, Waddle will clear the concussion protocol and be set to return Sunday vs. Bills.
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) September 27, 2023
Getting Waddle back is going to be huge for Miami. Though it might’ve been hard to see based on how many touchdowns the Dolphins scored against Denver without him, having the duo of Tyreek Hill and Waddle back on the field together is going to be dangerous for their opponents.
The Dolphins look to up their record to 4-0 against a 2-1 second place Bills. Buffalo appeared to look like their dominant, powerhouse selves in their 37-3 win over the Washington Commanders in Week 3. QB Josh Allen has been elite, and his team has outscored their opponents 75-13 in their two wins this season. This will definitely be one of the games to watch this weekend. Miami hosts Buffalo on Sunday, Oct. 1 with kickoff scheduled for noon.