Week 1 of the NFL season is here. Well, kind of. The Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers were supposed to open the 2017 NFL season with a game in Miami. That scheduled contest however was pushed back to Week 11, a week in which both teams were scheduled to have their respective bye weeks, due to Hurricane Irma. We are now finally getting to that game, the tenth straight week both teams will be playing football, with six more to go.
Thursday’s practice reports for both teams give an indication of exactly where the team would be as they reach their “rest” weekend - a rest time they do not get now.
For Miami, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and running back Senorise Perry both did not practice on Thursday, the same status both players had for Wednesday’s workout, with both dealing with knee injuries. Defensive end William Hayes, who had sat out Wednesday’s practice with a knee injury of his own, moved to being a full participant on Thursday.
The limited participants on Thursday continued to include safety Michael Thomas, with a knee issue, and cornerback Bobby McCain, with a thigh problem. Being added to the injury list was wide receiver Kenny Stills, who had to leave Thursday’s practice with a back injury, something that is not expected to be serious, but did make him “limited” on the day.
Like Hayes moving up to a full participant from the did not practice status the previous day, wide receiver Jarvis Landry also moved up on the injury report, going from limited on Wednesday to a full participant on Thursday. Landry is dealing with a chest issue.
Joining Hayes and Landry as full participants, but still being listed on the injury report, are guard Jermon Bushrod (shoulder), linebacker Mike Hull (shoulder/ankle), and safety Reshad Jones (groin/shoulder).
For the Buccaneers, there were no changes from their Wednesday practice report, where defensive end William Gholston (neck), cornerback Vernon Hargreaves (hamstring), and quarterback Jameis Winston (right shoulder) all continue to not practice. Defensive end Robert Ayers (ankle/calf), tackle Demar Doston (hamstring), defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (shoulder/back), tackle Donovan Smith (knee), and guard J.R. Sweezy (knee) were all limited. Cornerback Robert McClain (hamstring) was a full participant.