The Miami Dolphins’ secondary may be a short-handed against the Buffalo Bills on Saturday after Byron Maxwell’s ankle injury never improved during the week and he was unable to practice. Maxwell sustained the injury early in the team’s win over the New York Jets last week, with rookie Xavien Howard, who was active for the first time since Week 4 due to his own injury, replacing him. Howard would also be Maxwell’s replacement if the veteran is unable to play.
Maxwell, who started slowly for Miami this season and was eventually benched for a game, is actually having a strong second-half of the year for the Dolphins. He is officially listed as doubtful for the game on Saturday.
Also unable to practice all week and listed as doubtful is linebacker Jelani Jenkins.
Miami listed safety Isa Abdul-Quddus, with an ankle injury; linebacker Kiko Alonso, with hamstring and hand injuries; guard Jermon Bushrod, with a should issue; cornerback Bobby McCain, who has knee and hand injuries; and defensive end Mario Williams, with an ankle problem as questionable.
Starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who sustained a sprained ACL and MCL in his left knee two weeks ago, has, as expected, been ruled out for the game.
The Bills’ injury report ruled out linebacker Lerentee McCray with a concussion. Offensive tackle Cordy Gleen, who has a back problem, has been made doubtful for the contest.
In the questionable category, Buffalo has listed defensive tackle Kyle Williams (back), wide receiver Sammy Watkins (foot), tight end Charles Clay (knee), guard John Miller (hip), fullback Jerome Felton (foot), linebacker Preston Brown (foot), defensive tackle and Jerel Worthy (shoulder).