The Miami Dolphins’ preseason finale against the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday night might just be quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s in-game debut with new star receiver Tyreek Hill.
The Dolphins announced a shorter-than-expected list of 10 players “not expected to play” 90 minutes before kickoff.
Among the names on the list: Left tackle Terron Armstead, wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, cornerback Xavien Howard and running back Chase Edmonds.
Not among those deemed inactive were Tagovailoa and Hill. Last week, in the exhibition against the Las Vegas Raiders, Hill was also not on the initial list, but Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel opted not to play him right before kickoff.
Armstead sits out the entire preseason after recovering from offseason knee surgery but seeing his practice workload in training camp increase in recent weeks. Howard also sits for a third straight exhibition but not due to injury.
Waddle missed the past two weeks of practice in what McDaniel deemed a “preventative” measure with an undisclosed injury.
The Dolphins also had fullback Alec Ingold, outside linebackers Andrew Van Ginkel and Brennan Scarlett, cornerback Keion Crossen, linebacker Calvin Munson and tight end Tanner Conner as players who won’t dress on Saturday.
Ingold, returning from a torn ACL in his knee last season, was the one player McDaniel had said this past week would certainly suit up for the exhibition, but he still ends up inactive. Van Ginkel had his appendix removed.
This story will be updated.