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The Miami Dolphins have removed their second-round draft pick from the Physically Unable to Perform list.

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The Miami Dolphins have announced the activation of rookie cornerback Xavien Howard from the Physically Unable to Perform list. Howard, the Dolphins’ second-round draft pick earlier this year, was injured during the team’s offseason workout program and had to undergo an arthroscopic knee surgery in June. He is now able to practice with the team.

The Dolphins face the Dallas Cowboys on Friday night, their second preseason game of the year, but Howard will not take part in the contest. He will begin practicing with the club when they return to their Davie training facilities on Sunday.

Howard was selected with the 38th overall pick in April. A rookie out of Baylor, Howard played 39 games in college, with 26 starts. Last season, as a junior, he started all 13 games for Baylor, recording 42 tackles, five interceptions, and 15 passes defensed.

The Dolphins still have cornerback cornerback Chris Culliver on the Physically Unable to Perform list, as well as defensive end Dion Jordan and linebacker Zach Vigil on the Non-Football Injury list.