The Buffalo Bills will face the Miami Dolphins on Sunday night in the NFL’s winner-take-all season finale. The game will determine whether the Bills win a fourth straight AFC East divisional playoff or if they go home. Yes, with some help there’s a gray area in between those two scenarios where they could still be in the fight with a wildcard — but still they must win. And as they head south for the weekend, they’re doing so with a full roster of healthy players.
The Bills announced that only center Mitch Morse would enter the weekend with a game-day designation (questionable) due to an illness that kept him out of practice on Friday. However, it’s likely that the veteran lineman will rebound and be available on Sunday. Should he not be, Buffalo has Ryan Bates on standby and ready to go.
Everyone else on the 53-man roster was listed as healthy and only safety Damar Hamlin had any type of restrictions during practice. It’s likely that Hamlin won’t be active Sunday anyway as he’s only been so when Micah Hyde wasn’t. Hyde is healthy and recorded two full days of practice after starting the week out slowly as he continues to monitor a neck injury he’s been dealing with for weeks.
Quarterback Josh Allen has been dealing with a neck injury, and, maybe more concerning, a finger injury in his throwing hand. However, the injuries haven’t kept him out of practice and neither he nor head coach Sean McDermott think they will slow QB17 down on Sunday.
Sean McDermott said Josh Allen's right finger injury occurred vs. NE. "He was sore a little bit early part of the week from it. He's so physically tough, mentally tough. He just takes it one day at a time and gets the treatment he needs. And then, come Sunday, he's ready to go"— Alaina Getzenberg (@agetzenberg) January 5, 2024
The Dolphins on the other hand have ruled two players out and have three more listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.
Before practice even began, head coach Mike McDaniel announced that cornerback Xavien Howard wouldn’t play on Sunday as he’s battling through a foot injury. Linebacker Bradley Chubb tore an ACL last Sunday in Miami’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Since the Dolphins haven’t yet moved him to Injured Reserve (IR), he’s still on the daily injury reports but has been ruled out for Sunday.
Questionable for the Dolphins are wide receiver Jaylen Waddle and running back Raheem Mostert. Waddle told reporters today that he didn’t feel any pain after running routes on his injured ankle.
Jaylen Waddle has shown notable progress since last week on injured ankle. Did a lot more today than he’s done in a couple weeks running intermediate routes and cutting — he told reporters he felt no pain.— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) January 5, 2024
Still TBD for Sunday vs. Bills, but he’s improving & has a shot to play.
Miami also listed linebacker Jerome Baker as questionable for Sunday. Baker is technically still on the team’s IR list, but it’s expected that he will be activated on Saturday and take Chubb’s spot on the roster.
The rest of the players who have been on the Dolphins’ lengthy injury list this week all enter the weekend with no designation for game day. We’ll have to wait until Sunday’s inactives are announced (6:50 p.m. EST on Sunday) to really see what the condition of the Miami Dolphins’ roster looks like.