Running back Raheem Mostert and wide receiver Jaylen Waddle have been dealing with leg injuries for more than a week, but after getting some limited practice in on Friday, the Dolphins listed the pair of offensive weapons as ‘Questionable’ for game day. Now, however, reports are surfacing that Miami is going to have to downgrade both to ‘Out’ for Sunday night’s matchup that will determine the AFC East Divisional Champion.
#Dolphins RB Raheem Mostert (knee/ankle) and WR Jaylen Waddle (ankle) — both listed as questionable — are not expected to play Sunday night vs. the #Bills, per me and @RapSheet.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 7, 2024
Both should be ready for the playoffs. But Miami will try to win the AFC East without them. pic.twitter.com/n0ZQVwkPUD
Mostert, who’s dealing with both a knee and an ankle injury, missed last week’s game in which the Dolphins failed to secure the AFC East crown when they lost to the Baltimore Ravens 56-19. The 31-year-old running back has put up 1,012 yards, averaging 4.8 yards per carry, this season and has scored 18 touchdowns.
While Mostert is definitely Miami’s number-one running back, rookie De’Von Achane hasput up some great numbers. The first-year back out of Texas A&M has 744 yards and seven touchdowns of his own — including 101 yards on the ground and two touchdowns the last time these two teams met back in Week 4. However, Achane isn’t completely healthy himself, dealing with both a turf toe injury and now an injury to his ribs as well. Achane is expected to play, but how well he can run will be a question.
Waddle has been slowed by a high ankle sprain that happened in Week 16 when the Dolphins faced the Dallas Cowboys. The injury caused Waddle to head to the locker room early that week and to miss all of last week’s game in Baltimore. The wide receiver, who is in his third year in the NFL and who has put up over 1,000 yards in each of his three seasons with the Dolphins, missed practice early this week but was able to run some routes on Friday. Despite it being reported that he “looked good” running those routes and the Dolphins officially listing him as questionable for tonight’s AFC East showdown, it doesn’t look like Waddle will be ready by game time.
With Waddle out, Miami will turn to wide receiver Tyreek Hill who is also dealing with an ankle injury and has been seen in a walking boot this week. Hill suffered an ankle injury in Week 14 when the Dolphins lost to the Tennessee Titans. After missing a game, the veteran receiver returned to play, putting up 99 yards against the Cowboys and 76 yards last week against the Ravens. However, in addition to the injury, Hill has been dealing with personal matters this week as he had to leave Wednesday’s practice early due to a fire at his Florida home.
With Mostert and Waddle out and Achane and Hill hobbled, the Dolphins will have to get creative to keep their offense on the field against a healthy Buffalo defense that’s playing great football right now.