Xavien Howard, Bradley Chubb return for Dolphins’ Thursday practice; Bridgewater making modest progress – The Denver Post


Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard and outside linebacker Bradley Chubb returned to the team’s Thursday practice in a limited capacity ahead of their Sunday regular season finale against the New York Jets, which could determine whether the team makes the playoffs.

Howard (knee) and Chubb (hand/ankle), after missing last Sunday’s loss against the New England Patriots, did not participate in Wednesday’s drills.

Chubb was spotted stretching with the team Wednesday but didn’t do individual drills. He was seen working with fellow outside linebacker Jaelan Phillips on Thursday for positional work.

Chubb said it was “a little bit of both” between the hand and ankle injuries that kept him off the field against the Patriots.

“With both things going on, I just wasn’t the best,” said Chubb, who has progressed to using a brace around the right hand while around the facility but still using the cast to get through practice. “I’m feeling better. Taking it day by day and understanding that it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

“The goal is to play,” he said of Sunday’s regular season finale against the Jets. “Depending on how it progresses. I’m feeling good. Just getting better each day.”

Dolphins quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was again not seen throwing a football any significant distance during the media viewing portion of practice, but after practice, the veteran was spotted throwing farther distances with pass catchers.

Like Wednesday, he was doing light tosses with his right hand after dislocating the pinky finger on the throwing hand in the loss in Foxborough, trying to make a tackle on the game-changing pick-six he threw. The post-practice throws seem to indicate moderate progress after coach Mike McDaniel said Wednesday he can’t forecast Bridgewater’s availability against the Jets.

Should Bridgewater be unable to play against New York, with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa still in early stages of concussion protocol and not on the field, rookie Skylar Thompson would start. Veteran Mike Glennon, just signed Wednesday to the practice squad, would be Thompson’s backup as the Dolphins need a win plus a Patriots loss to the Bills to get into the playoffs.

Wide receiver Tyreek Hill seemed to indicate, despite Bridgewater’s modest progress, things are still trending toward Thompson starting, and the star wideout was pleased with how the rookie conducted team drills.

“I feel like that practice right there, it was a lot of fun. We got a lot of great work in,” Hill said. “Skylar had guys flying around, catching passes, being deliberate in and out of the huddle. Practice was great [Thursday]. Really looking forward to Sunday and watching him play in this game.”

Left tackle Terron Armstead, nursing toe, pectoral, knee and hip ailments, did not participate again Thursday.

The Dolphins also did not have fellow tackles Kendall Lamm (ankle) and Eric Fisher (calf) present. Fisher had his first practice back Wednesday.

Wide receiver and punt returner Cedrick Wilson Jr. was again not seen at Thursday drills as he deals with a hip injury. Hill said Thursday he’d like to return punts if called upon.

Running back Raheem Mostert and outside linebacker Melvin Ingram were back at Thursday’s session, Mostert in a limited capacity, after each got a veteran rest day Wednesday.

Wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (shoulder), safety Eric Rowe (quadriceps) and fullback Alec Ingold (thumb) were also limited on the Thursday injury report.

The Jets had tackle Duane Brown (shoulder), guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (knee), cornerback Brandon Echols (quadriceps), tackle George Fant (knee) and safety Lamarcus Joyner (hip) all miss a second consecutive practice Thursday. Quarterback Mike White was downgraded from a full participant Wednesday to limited Thursday with his ribs injury.

This story will be updated.



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