The Miami Dolphins got back to work on Monday, looking to prepare to bounce back from a embarrassing loss to the New England Patriots last Thursday and to get revenge on the Buffalo Bills, who embarrassed the Dolphins in Miami in Week 3. While the team was on the practice field, quarterback Matt Moore, wide receiver DeVante Parker, and tackle Ja'Wuan James were not working with the club.
Moore, according to head coach Dan Campbell, was held out of the practice following a surgery on Friday to fix his broken nose. Moore broke the nose two weeks ago, according to Campbell, who explained that it happened, "In practice taking a handoff with helmets on by the way. So you can imagine who hit him had skinny elbow to get through that facemask. But any way, we won’t say who that was.”
"He had had the broken nose," Campbell added. "This was the best time to do it and that’s a credit to Matt’s (Moore) toughness. I mean he’s been out there with a broke nose for almost two weeks and so Friday was the best time to get it done. He had it done. It won’t be an issue. He’ll be ready to go Wednesday.”
Parker, meanwhile, was forced to leave Thursday's game with a foot injury, which could have signaled a serious issue given Parker's history of two surgeries on the foot. It appears, however, that it is not as serious as everyone feared, more of a breakup of scar tissue than anything else. Campbell explained by Parker was not at practice, saying, "I talked to him today. We (are) just letting him, more than anything, feel a little bit better after. We think it was a scar tissue type of deal. So I talked to him this morning and he feels much better than he did even after the game. So I don’t see that being an issue.”
The Dolphins were also without Ja'Wuan James, the team's starting right tackle, who is expected to miss up to six weeks with a toe injury. Campbell addressed James' situation, telling reporters that it does not appear surgery is needed for the second-year tackle. "We’re going to rest him," Campbell explained. "That’s the plan. We’re going to let this thing heal up and give him some time and we anticipate having him back in a few weeks.”
The Dolphins will face the Bills on Sunday at 1pm ET in Orchard Park, New York.