The Miami Dolphins are preparing for their 2017 regular season debut, a week later than 30 teams in the NFL after the team’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers game was postponed due to Hurricane Irma. That postponement will make the Dolphins the last team in the league to kickoff the regular season, and also makes the team have 16 straight games to play after losing their bye week.
Without the off week, the Dolphins have to remain healthy throughout the year, starting with their health as they approach their Week 2 game against the Los Angeles Chargers. On Thursday, the team released their injury report, updating it from their Wednesday release, and it was a fairly short list for Miami.
Defensive back Walt Aikens (back) and running back Jay Ajayi (knee) were both full participants in practice on both Wednesday and Thursday. Center Mike Pouncey was a full participant on Wednesday before getting an off day on Thursday, continuing the pattern of day-on, day-off for the Pro Bowler as the team looks to make sure his chronic hip problems are not an issue this season.
Linebacker Rey Maualuga, who signed with the Dolphins nearly a month ago, has yet to practice with the team due to conditioning issues. He is officially listed as having a hamstring issue.
For the Chargers, who lost 24-21 to the Denver Broncos on Monday night, the report is a little longer. Defensive end Jerry Attaochu (hamstring), wide receiver Dontrelle Inman (groin), and tight end Sean McGrath (knee) were all full participants in both Wednesday and Thursday workouts. Cornerback Jason Verrett(knee) was added to the report on Thursday as a non-participant, while safety Rayshawn Jenkins (concussion) and wide receiver Mike Williams (back) did not workout either day.
Both teams will release their final injury reports for Sunday’s contest tomorrow.