Dolphins give Jalen Ramsey an uptick in practice, designate River Cracraft to return

MIAMI GARDENS — Miami Dolphins star cornerback Jalen Ramsey could be nearing his debut with the team. Ramsey will see an uptick in practice participation this week, Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel said Wednesday, ahead of Miami’s first practice in preparation for the New England Patriots (2-5) on Sunday. McDaniel didn’t want to commit to whether Ramsey would play Sunday, after the six-time Pro Bowl cornerback recovered from a torn meniscus suffered in late July.

He did say Ramsey, who was officially listed as a limited participant on the Wednesday injury report, would see an increase in reps this week and not just with the scout team. “It’s been all positive so far, but you don’t want to get ahead of yourself,” said McDaniel, who added the team is prepared to go with or without him against New England. Whenever Ramsey does play his first game with Miami, after being acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Rams this past offseason, McDaniel is not certain if he would require snap count limitations initially.

The coach said who the player is, their experience level and what the injury is are factors in determining that. “Although he’s new to this team, the crossover in scheme is huge to him,” McDaniel said. “He’s actually the most experienced player that we have in this system.

” Ramsey was in a similar scheme with the Los Angeles Rams under defensive coordinators Brandon Staley and Raheem Morris, who run the same defense as Miami’s Vic Fangio — and Staley was even an assistant under Fangio in Chicago. Cracraft’s window open As elite receiving threat Tyreek Hill missed practice with a hip injury, the Dolphins (5-2) designated fellow wide receiver River Cracraft to return. They opened his 21-day practice window to be activated off injured reserve, which began with Wednesday’s session.

Cracraft injured his shoulder in the Sept. 24 win over the Denver Broncos and was subsequently placed on IR. He served his minimum four-game absence from the injured reserve designation.

Cracraft is now the fourth Dolphins player they have designated to return from IR, joining Ramsey, running back Jeff Wilson Jr. and offensive lineman Robert Jones. NFL teams have a maximum of eight they can bring back from either IR or the reserve/non-football-injury list.

Miami will also have to use spots on left tackle Terron Armstead and running back De’Von Achane. That puts the team at six and means they will only be able to bring back two between left guard Isaiah Wynn, wide receiver Erik Ezukanma and running back Chris Brooks — or on any other players that end up on IR but able to return before the end of the season. Wynn and Brooks are on IR with quadriceps and knee injuries, respectively, and Ezukanma is on the NFI list with a neck ailment.

Wynn was placed on IR Tuesday, as the team also activated cornerback Nik Needham off the physically-unable-to-perform list. The outlook doesn’t sound positive on Wynn from McDaniel’s Wednesday update on the starting lineman that went down in the first quarter of Sunday night’s loss at the Philadelphia Eagles. “Isaiah has a long journey ahead of him.

I’m not going to rule it out,” said McDaniel, who already indicated Monday his injury would take weeks to recover from. “I’m not going to say zero chance. ” He said Ezukanma is further along than Wynn.

Other injuries Safety Jevon Holland is “progressing” in concussion protocol as of Wednesday, according to McDaniel, but did not practice. “It’s been positive at each stage,” the coach said. Along with Holland and Hill, running back Raheem Mostert (ankle), fullback Alec Ingold (foot) and Jones (personal reasons) did not participate in Wednesday’s practice.

Wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (back), cornerback Xavien Howard (groin), center Connor Williams (groin), cornerbacks Kader Kohou (neck), Nik Needham (Achilles) and Cam Smith (foot) were limited in the day’s drills. Needham was activated Tuesday off the PUP list. Linebacker David Long Jr.

was a full participant Wednesday after being evaluated for concussion during last Sunday night’s game and also receiving treatment on his knee. .

David Furones, Chris Perkins
Filed 10.26.2023

Latest Player Notes

How Wisconsin athletes are benefiting from a unique NIL deal with Madison's Exact Sciences

Feb 17, 2024MJ Hammill entered what can be a scary time of an athlete’s life in mid-December.She went into the volleyball ...

Mike Griffith: Texas is Georgia's primary focus this offseason

February 16, 2024The Georgia Bulldogs face three SEC contenders on the road next season in Alabama, Texas and Ole Miss. According ...

Navigating a season that could see Texas play Georgia more than once

February 17, 2024The Texas Longhorns and Georgia Bulldogs will play in Austin on Oct. 19. It may not be the only time they ...

After some key departures from the team, Dykes got busy in the portal this offseason.

5:11 PM on Feb 16, 2024Biggest unanswered question: Who will emerge as the clear WR1?Before last season, Williams was the ...

How Louisville football coach Jeff Brohm balances transfer portal, high school recruiting

Louisville Courier JournalCollege football used to buzz on the first Wednesday in February, but Louisville football's office ...

Bob Asmussen | Illinois defense counting on linebackers to plug the gaps

College Football Reporter/ColumnistCHAMPAIGN — A new linebacker coach is in place at Illinois, and Archie McDaniel said he ...

Where Alabama’s quarterback group stands before spring practice

Alabama football’s offense is going to look different this season. Kalen DeBoer has replaced the retired Nick Saban as head ...

Why did AJ McCarron return to the St. Louis Battlehawks?

When AJ McCarron joined the resurrected XFL last year, the former Alabama All-American hadn’t played since suffering a knee ...

Colorado football self-reported 11 minor NCAA violations from Deion Sanders’ first year with Buffs

1/26/2024The Colorado football program has self-reported 11 minor NCAA violations since the hiring of head coach Deion Sanders ...

What Steve Young said about today’s NFL quarterbacks

By Jackson Payne Steve Young may have enjoyed a Hall of Fame career in the NFL, but that doesn’t stop him from feeling just ...
See More Player Notes