Waddle’s practice participation on Tuesday was increased to a limited status. This is a huge improvement for Thursday Night Football, as the team will likely just have a little walkthrough on Wednesday.
In Week 4, the Miami Dolphins will play the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday Night Football, and the team returned to work on Monday to begin the short week’s preparations. The Dolphins are perfect and scoring at will, but their Week 3 victory against the Buffalo Bills raises some concerns.
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Although the injury to quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is the most concerning news from Monday’s injury report, the team also received some unexpected news. Jaylen Waddle, a wide receiver, did not play due to a groin ailment. Keep in mind that Monday’s claim was based on speculation rather than actuality, as the Dolphins did not hold a practice.
Dolphins injury report for Tuesday’s walkthrough — upgrades for Tua, Xavien Howard, Rob Hunt, Jaylen Waddle and Brandon Jones
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Waddle didn’t seem to be hurt on Sunday, so this could be as much of a maintenance day as anything. However, it is important to take note of any new injuries. No need to worry about Waddle’s availability on Thursday if he participates in practice on Wednesday or Thursday. Waddle’s absence in Week 4 would benefit the team, especially River Cracraft.
Waddle played his first NFL game against Mac Jones, a quarterback for the New England Patriots and a former teammate of Waddle’s at Alabama, on September 12, 2021. In the 17-16 victory over the New England Patriots, Waddle hauled in four of his six targets for 61 receiving yards and scored his first career receiving touchdown on a 3-yard ball from Tua Tagovailoa.
The game against the Panthers in Week 12 was his breakthrough performance; he finished with 137 receiving yards, and the Dolphins won, 33-10. All season long, Waddle’s last name inspired his signature waddle-style touchdown dance.
Waddle is now in his second year with the Crimson Tide. He had 33 catches for 560 yards and six scores while on the receiving end. Against LSU, he scored on a 77-yard punt return, and against Auburn, he scored on a 98-yard kickoff return. As a return specialist, he was recognized by the league’s coaches as deserving of first-team All-SEC honors and was later voted the league’s Special Teams Player of the Year.
With 104 receptions in just 16 games, Waddle broke Anquan Boldin’s previous record of 101 by one. Waddle had 104 receptions for 1,015 yards and 7 touchdowns in his debut season.