Dolphins receiver Jaylen Waddle in concussion protocol following hit to the head vs. Patriots

Chris Perkins, South Florida Sun Sentinel on

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle is in concussion protocol as a result of a hit he took in Sunday’s 24-17 victory at the New England Patriots. It’s unclear whether he’ll be able to play in this Sunday’s home opener against Denver.

Aside from that, coach Mike McDaniel said the team will keep an eye on edge rusher Jaelan Phillips and left tackle Terron Armstead, who McDaniel said were both disappointed they weren’t able to play against the Patriots.

And they’ll also watch running back Salvon Ahmed, who left the New England game in the second quarter with a groin injury. But McDaniel said it’s not a torn muscle.

“I don’t know the timetable with S.A.,” McDaniel said. “It’s not torn, so it’s not an overly long situation but those are tricky.”

If Waddle can’t play against Denver it’s likely that fellow wide receivers Braxton Berrios, Erik Ezukanma and River Cracraft would have their workloads increased.

But there’s a chance either Cedrick Wilson, who has been inactive both games, or Robbie Chosen, who is on the practice squad, could see some action.


Waddle took a big hit, one that might have been helmet-to-helmet, from Patriots linebacker Marte Mapu in the fourth quarter. Mapu was flagged for unnecessary roughness but Waddle went into the blue medical tent on the sideline after the play and didn’t return to the game.

“Jaylen is in the protocol and we’ll move forward,” McDaniel said. “He already started progressing in that process today.”

Waddle was upbeat in the locker room after the game. Media aren’t allowed to speak with players who leave the game with an injury and don’t return, especially players with head injuries.

However, Waddle was laughing with teammates and perusing his cell phone at his locker after the game. While fellow wide receiver Tyreek Hill was being interviewed someone asked Hill how Waddle was doing. Hill turned and asked Waddle, and Waddle smiled and replied he was OK.


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