Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry sat out practice on Friday, the second time this week he has missed practice. After he did not practice on Wednesday, Dolphins interim head coach Dan Campbell explained that the team was just giving him a rest day, although Landry showed up on the injury report with a knee issue. Thursday, Landry returned to practice, but was unable to complete the entire thing, officially being listed as limited. Friday's workout again saw Landry spend the day on the sideline.
Campbell was asked to discuss Landry's situation after practice on Friday. "Yeah, well he practiced yesterday and he probably got about halfway through practice and just didn't feel great. We gave him the rest of that practice off and then today we just wanted to sit him, get him feeling good for the game."
Landry comes into Sunday's game against the New York Jets as the team's top receiver. He is on pace for 100 receptions this year, which would break the team's 17-year-old record set by O.J. McDuffie with 90 receptions in 1998. Landry has 651 yards, second on the team, and three touchdowns this season. If he is unable to play, and the "questionable" tag means there is a 50-50 chance he plays, he will be a huge hot to Miami's offense - especially in a game in which Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has been ruled out due to a concussion.
"Well, we'll know more tomorrow, but I would say I feel pretty good about it," Campbell said Friday when asked about Landry's status for the game. "I would feel like he was going to be able to play."
Landry is eighth in the league in punt-return average this year at 10.0 yards-per-return, with 25 returns, the most among the top ten returners. The Dolphins may have to look to someone else to move into that position on Sunday, however, if Landry's knee is causing him issues. Cutting down his plays during the game, even if it just taking the punt returns away from him, could be key to making sure Landry is able to play the entire game on offense. Campbell was also asked about who could fill in for Landry as the punt returner if needed.
"We've had a number of guys," Campbell responded. "Certainly Damian (Williams) is taking kickoff return reps. We have had Rishard Matthews do some punt return. Brent Grimes has done some punt return. A lot of it is going to depend on how Jarvis feels on game day certainly and we'll go from there."
The Dolphins will kickoff against the Jets at 1pm ET Sunday, and they will be hoping Landry is out there to take the first snap of the game on offense. The second year wide receiver averages 9.4 targets a game and 6.3 receptions this year. If Landry is unable to play, or is even limited throughout the game, Miami may have to rely more on Rishard Matthews, Kenny Stills, and Greg Jennings. Rookie receiver DeVante Parker could also be added to the receiver rotation, with the team looking to get him more than the four snaps he played against the Dallas Cowboys last week. Tight ends Jordan Cameron and Dion Sims, as well a running backs Lamar Miller and Jay Ajayi, could also become big parts of the passing game, covering the loss of Landry.