Miami Dolphins left sort out Terron Armstead was upgraded to restricted participation on the staff’s Thursday observe after he was a non-participant on the Wednesday harm report, regardless of performing mild drills on the facet.
“We’ve just been working, trying to get back right, give myself a chance to play,” he mentioned Thursday after observe at UCLA earlier than the Dolphins face the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday night time. “I feel better than I did last week.”
Ahead of the loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Armstead was deemed uncertain after taking part in a restricted Friday observe. He returned to nearer to an everyday routine he’s needed to nurse his toe ailment with Thursday participation.
Armstead described the play the place he obtained harm towards the top of the primary half within the Nov. 27 win over the Houston Texans.
“Fairly routine,” he mentioned. “Guy was rushing off the edge, outside arm kind of went across his body and, going to the ground, it just felt a rip. I kind of knew immediately what I was dealing with.”
Armstead feared it was a doable tear as an alternative of the milder pressure.
“The severity was hard to tell,” he mentioned. “I didn’t have any power in my left side. I couldn’t lift my arm. It wasn’t a situation where I could tape up and try to go back out.”
The harm to the chest muscle is important for a blocker.
“Every movement, every block to execute, you need to have strength and power in those ranges,” he mentioned.
Meanwhile, Dolphins large receiver Tyreek Hill was the one participant on the energetic roster to overlook Thursday drills. He was out with an sickness.
Fellow wideout Jaylen Waddle (fibula) was upgraded to full participation after being restricted on Wednesday, as was defensive sort out Raekwon Davis (knee). Wide receiver River Cracraft popped up on the harm report as restricted with a calf ailment.
Five Dolphins have been restricted for a second consecutive observe: Quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa (ankle) and Teddy Bridgewater (knee), security Eric Rowe (again), tight finish Durham Smythe (quadriceps/knee) and defensive sort out Justin Zimmer (again).
For the Chargers, cornerback Bryce Callahan (groin) was downgraded to non-participant after being restricted Thursday. Safety Derwin James (quadriceps), defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph-Day (knee) and sort out TreyPipkins III (knee) additionally missed Thursday drills, whereas lineman Will Clapp (shoulder) was downgraded from full participation to restricted.
Dolphins tight finish Mike Gesicki’s 9 snaps performed on the San Francisco 49ers have been a profession low.
Miami tight ends coach Jon Embree mentioned it needed to do with the sport plan for the 49ers.
“None of the tight ends played in some of the situations,” mentioned Embree, alluding to the variety of two-running again appears the Dolphins gave the 49ers. “That was a good personnel for us against those guys because there were some things we could dictate defensively.”
Embree believes the Dolphins may get again to getting Gesicki extra concerned in video games to come back.
“That’s just how the game plan is,” he mentioned. “There’s going to be game plans where they’re going to both get more [opportunities] and Trent Sherfield’s not going to get as many reps, or Alec [Ingold]. We’re going to do whatever we have to do to try to win, and it just worked out this past week that that personnel group gave us some ops and some things.”
Fellow tight finish Durham Smythe noticed 27 snaps, which was 59 % of the staff’s offensive performs, the best proportion he had seen since Week 4 at Cincinnati. Gesicki’s 9 snaps accounted for 20 % of offensive performs, which was additionally a profession low by proportion in any recreation he has performed.
Gesicki, nonetheless, discovered himself on the coronary heart of an important late play at San Francisco the place his fourth-down catch known as on the sector was overturned upon evaluate for a turnover on downs. Embree mentioned he “no doubt” believed it ought to’ve been known as a catch for Gesicki.
Mum on Jones
When Dolphins cornerbacks coach Sam Madison was requested if cornerback Byron Jones has been concerned in conferences with gamers at his place as he’s remained on the physically-unable-to-perform listing since earlier than the season, the assistant coach directed questions on Jones to both coach Mike McDaniel or defensive coordinator Josh Boyer.
“Right now, we’re just working with the guys that we have here,” Madison mentioned. “I’ll just let Coach Mike and Coach Josh talk about him, and that’s where we are right now.”
Madison was vital of the 2 go interference calls in opposition to the Dolphins on the 49ers on Xavien Howard and Kader Kohou, calling them “phantom calls.”
This and that
Former Patriots outdoors linebacker Willie McGinest was seen at Dolphins observe at UCLA, aiding outdoors linebackers coach Ty McKenzie with drills at his place group.
McGinest, a two-time Pro Bowl edge rusher and three-time Super Bowl champion is a Long Beach, California native and presently works as an analyst for NFL Network.