Miami Dolphins tight ends Cethan Carter and Hunter Long were among six players not seen during the media viewing portion of the team’s Wednesday practice ahead of Sunday’s game with the Buffalo Bills.
It leaves the Dolphins in a precarious position with their depth at tight end, although Miami already has more tight ends than most teams on its roster (five).
Along with Carter and Long, cornerback Xavien Howard, left tackle Terron Armstead, outside linebacker Melvin Ingram and inside linebacker Elandon Roberts were not seen participating in Wednesday drills. It’s possible some or all had scheduled veteran rest days. The 4 p.m. injury report will offer more clarity.
Both Long (ankle) and Carter (concussion) missed last Sunday’s win over the Baltimore Ravens, but Tanner Conner was available as a reserve behind Mike Gesicki and Durham Smythe. Conner played one offensive snap in Baltimore.
While still having enough, the Dolphins worked out four free-agent tight ends on Monday, according to Pro Football Network: Darrell Daniels, Ryan Izzo, James O’Shaughnessy and Deon Yelder.
“That was more you try to get in front of potential situations,” Miami coach Mike McDaniel said. “We don’t have a situation now, but we were very close to having one. [General manager] Chris Grier and the staff do a great job of staying in front of that stuff, so you get that done on the front so, should we have any more issues at the position, we know exactly where we want to go.
“Right now, we feel good about Hunter and Cethan, in terms of the progress that they’ve made.”
Carter remains in concussion protocol as of Wednesday after exiting the Sept. 11 win against the New England Patriots with the second-quarter head injury.
“I don’t know when the protocol ends, but he’s still protocoled. And that’s the protocol for me to explain that,” McDaniel said. “But he’s doing well and progressing. He was watching walkthrough from a stationary bike, sweating, and that’s always a good sign.”
Wide receiver Cedrick Wilson Jr., who left the win over the Ravens with an injury to his ribs, was back on the practice field on Wednesday but in a red, non-contact jersey. McDaniel said on Monday that there were no breaks found in Wilson’s ribs, but he’s dealing with significant pain.
“It’s hurting pretty bad, so it’s going to be a day-to-day situation,” McDaniel said. “We’ll see how that progresses. Those are — if you’ve ever had a rib injury — it affects every movement, including breathing.”
This story will be updated.