Sep 29, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) runs with the ball against Miami Dolphins safety Brandon Jones (29) in the first half at Paycor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins S Brandon Jones (torn ACL) out for season

Miami Dolphins starting safety Brandon Jones will miss the remainder of the season with a torn left ACL, coach Mike McDaniel announced Wednesday.

Jones, 24, sustained the knee injury during the third quarter of the Dolphins’ 16-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. The third-year player was placed on injured reserve two days later.

“In situations like this, I feel absolutely terrible for a guy that was playing at a high level,” McDaniel said Wednesday. “The good news about him in particular is when things like this happen to people like him, they tend to come out finding a way to be better — somehow, some way.”

Jones had 49 tackles, two sacks, three passes defensed and a forced fumble in seven starts this season. He has eight career sacks in 38 games (24 starts), all with the Dolphins. He was selected in the third round of the 2020 draft.

The Dolphins (4-3) already are without starter Nik Needham, who is lost for the season with an Achilles injury. Fellow cornerback Byron Jones has yet to return after undergoing surgery on his Achilles in March.

Cornerbacks Keion Crossen and Kader Kohou could return to action following one-game injury absences against the host Detroit Lions (1-5) on Sunday, McDaniel said.

–Field Level Media

Nov 28, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins cornerback Byron Jones (24) looks on after the game against the Carolina Panthers at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins CB Byron Jones on PUP list, out first 4 games

The Miami Dolphins placed cornerback Byron Jones on the reserve/physically unable to perform list Tuesday, keeping him sidelined for the first four games as he continues his return from an Achilles injury.

That stretch includes games against four top quarterbacks: New England’s Mac Jones, Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson, Buffalo’s Josh Allen and Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow.

Jones, who turns 30 next month, had offseason surgery on his ankle and Achilles.

He registered 58 tackles and 10 passes defensed in 16 starts for the Dolphins in 2021.

A first-round pick by Dallas in 2015, Jones has 444 tackles, four interceptions and five forced fumbles in 109 games (103 starts) with the Cowboys (2015-19) and Dolphins. He made the Pro Bowl in 2018.

Miami also placed linebacker Brennan Scarlett on injured reserve and waived 13 players: wide receivers Lynn Bowden Jr., River Cracraft, Braylon Sanders and Preston Williams; offensive linemen Larnel Coleman, Kellen Diesch, Solomon Kindley and Kion Smith; linebackers Cameron Goode and Porter Guston; defensive tackles Benito Jones and Ben Stille; and safety Verone McKinley III.

–Field Level Media

Nov 28, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins cornerback Byron Jones (24) looks on after the game against the Carolina Panthers at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins CB Byron Jones (Achilles) nearing return

Miami Dolphins cornerback Byron Jones continues to progress toward a possible return from an Achilles injury before the regular-season opener against the New England Patriots.

Jones is on the physically unable to perform list recovering from ankle and Achilles surgery. To be able to play Sept. 11, Jones has to be cleared medically and pass the eyeball test with first-year head coach Mike McDaniel.

“Things have to hit on all cylinders without a setback for that to be the case,” McDaniel said Tuesday. “Nothing has changed in that regard… The timeline for him is a little shorter based on his production on the NFL level.”

The Dolphins are still setting their depth chart at the position and could be in flux into the regular season.

Cornerback Mackensie Alexander was added to the roster due to Trill Williams’ season-ending ACL injury. McDaniel said Alexander’s signing frees up Nik Needham to play outside, where he started Saturday is Miami’s 26-24 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The numbers game could leave 2020 first-round pick Noah Igbinoghene as the odd man out.

“You have to have a short memory as a cornerback,” McDaniel said. “He’s shown growth from stories I heard coming in, and moving onto the next play and not… getting down on himself.

–Field Level Media

Dec 5, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins cornerback Byron Jones (24) takes on the field prior the game against the New York Giants at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins CB Byron Jones placed on PUP list

Miami Dolphins cornerback Byron Jones was placed on the active/physically unable to perform list Friday.

Jones, 29, is recovering from surgery on his leg in March.

He recorded 58 tackles and one forced fumble in 16 starts last season. He restructured his contract this offseason when the team was in need of cap space for three-time All-Pro wide receiver Tyreek Hill.

A Pro Bowl selection in 2018, Jones has totaled 444 tackles, five forced fumbles and four interceptions in 109 career games (103 starts) with the Dallas Cowboys (2015-19) and Dolphins.

Also on Friday, the Dolphins placed defensive back Elijah Campbell on the non-football injury list.

Campbell, 26, had two tackles while playing seven games on special teams for Miami last season.

–Field Level Media

Sep 26, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Will Fuller (3) is defended by Las Vegas Raiders defensive back Johnathan Abram (24) in overtime at Allegiant Stadium.The Raiders defeated the Dolphins 31-28 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Dolphins WR Will Fuller (hand) week-to-week

Miami wide receiver Will Fuller is expected to be week-to-week after breaking a finger during the Dolphins’ 27-17 home loss to Indianapolis on Sunday, according to a report Monday by NFL Network.

Fuller, 27, left the game after injuring his hand during the second quarter vs. the Colts and did not return. Fuller exited shortly after trying to make a diving catch with 8:08 left in the quarter, recording one catch for 6 yards in his second game as a Dolphin.

Miami quickly announced Fuller as questionable and formally ruled him out early in the third quarter. Also injured during the second quarter Sunday was cornerback Byron Jones, who went out with a quad injury and did not return.

Head coach Brian Flores confirmed both would undergo testing on Monday.

A first-round pick by the Houston Texans in 2016, Fuller signed a one-year, $10 million contract with Miami in March.

Last season, Fuller set career highs with 53 receptions for 879 yards and eight touchdowns in 11 games. He missed the final five games after receiving a six-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Fuller completed the punishment by sitting out Week 1 of the 2021 season, then missed Week 2 for personal reasons. He made his Miami debut last week at Las Vegas, catching three passes for 20 yards with a two-point conversion in the 31-28 overtime loss to the Raiders.

Miami (1-3) travels to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1) this Sunday.

–Field Level Media

Dec 26, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard (25) against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins CB Xavien Howard absent from minicamp

Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores told reporters on Tuesday that he does not know if cornerback Xavien Howard will report for the team’s mandatory offseason minicamp this week in Davie, Fla.

Howard, 27, was absent from the team’s picture and promotional shoot day on Monday and was not spotted by Flores on Tuesday morning. Howard reportedly is seeking a new contract on the heels of recording an NFL-best 10 interceptions during his All-Pro season in 2020.

“Quite honestly, I’m not sure he’s going to be here today. Again, I haven’t seen him. I expect him to be here, but I haven’t seen him yet,” Flores said, via the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “It’s pretty clear this is a contract situation, which we’ve talked about internally. … Obviously, we’ve had discussions and we’ll continue to have those discussions.”

Howard signed a five-year, $75.25 million contract extension with the Dolphins in May 2019. The two-time Pro Bowl selection will have a base salary of $12.075 million in 2021, however teammate Byron Jones will make more this season ($14 million) after signing a five-year, $82.5 million contract in March 2020.

“Not saying we’re drawing a line in the sand. But different players set the market every year. We love X — let me go ahead and say that right now so you guys can make sure you write that,” Flores said of Howard.

“We love him. He’s very productive. He’s a team player. He’s an important player on this team. But again, unique situation. We want to keep him here.”

Howard recorded 51 tackles and one forced fumble in 16 games last season. He has 191 tackles, 22 interceptions and two forced fumbles in 56 career games (55 starts) since being selected by Miami in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media

Dec 1, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) runs the ball after a catch during the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins: CB Jones out, WR Parker to play Thursday

The Miami Dolphins won’t have cornerback Byron Jones but wide receiver DeVante Parker is good to go for Thursday night’s game against the Jaguars in Jacksonville.

Jones has not practiced this week while dealing with twin injuries to his groin and Achilles. He left Sunday’s loss to the Buffalo Bills early in the first half and did not return.

Jones, who turns 28 on Saturday, has four tackles in two starts in his first season with Miami. He signed a five-year, $82.5 million deal with the Dolphins in March after five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.

Parker, who been dealing with a hamstring issue for several weeks, advanced from limited to full participation for Wednesday’s practice. He did not receive an injury designation for Thursday’s game.

Parker, 27, has hauled in nine of his 12 targets for 100 yards and one touchdown through two games. He broke out in 2019 with 72 receptions for 1,202 yards and nine touchdowns, all career highs for the 2015 first-round pick.

Safety Clayton Fejedelem is listed as doubtful for Thursday with a pectoral injury.

–Field Level Media