The Dolphins injuries piled up when they played the Jets on Sunday, and Miami could lose a key playmaker for an extended period of time.
Back-up quarterback Teddy Bridgewater left the Week 5 contest against New York due to head and elbow injuries, which forced rookie Skylar Thompson in the game. Tyreek Hill also left the Dolphins’ loss with a foot injury after he was stepped on during the game, according to head coach Mike McDaniel in his postgame news conference.
“He’s a very quick healer,” McDaniel told reports in regards to Hill’s injury, per team video. “I’m very optimistic, but at the point, I don’t really know.”
To add insult to injury, Hill had been stiff armed by Quinnen Williams after the Jets defensive lineman picked up a fumble and tried to run it for extra yards.
Heading into Week 5, Hill was limited in practice due to a quad injury, and McDaniels said the Dolphins wide receiver getting stepped on reaggravated the injury. Hill was seen wearing a walking boot after the game, according to ESPN’s Marcel Louis-Jacques.
It’s unknown what the Dolphins will look like in Week 6 against the Minnesota Vikings. They have two quarterbacks in the concussion protocol, and they could be without their top offensive weapon for a few weeks if the injury is serious.
“I feel good,” Hill said postgame, per the Sun Sentinal’s David Furones. “Cheetah just got a banged-up paw.”
Hill led the Dolphins in Week 5 in targets with seven, which was good for seven receptions for 47 yards. He also had two carries for 13 yards. Third-string running back Myles Gaskin was second on the team in targets with five, so it’s unlikely you’re going to find value heading into Week 6 on the waiver wire when it comes to Dolphins pass catchers.
Jaylen Waddle put up a disappointing outing with three catches for 23 yards off three targets, and he’s probably a wait-and-see when it comes to start/sit decisions depending on whether or not Tua Tagovailoa can play in Week 6 or not.
If there is someone worth picking up from this Dolphins offense, it’s Raheem Mostert. He rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown off 18 carries while Chase Edmonds only had one carry for one yard, which signals Mostert is the No. 1 running back in this offense.
He’s still available in 32% of Yahoo leagues, and while he doesn’t have a huge role in the passing game — one catch for nine yards off three targets — you’re picking him up for the volume he gets in the running game. In Week 4, Mostert had 15 carries for 69 yards, so this is a trend, and it appears McDaniel prefers his former San Francisco 49ers running back to Edmonds, who signed a two-year, $12.1 million contract this past offseason.
Hopefully, if you have Hill on your team, you have suitable options on your bench, as there aren’t that many pressing options that are must-adds for Week 6.