Sep 24, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA;  Miami Dolphins wide receiver Robbie Chosen (3) warms up before a game against the Denver Broncos at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins elevate WR Robbie Chosen from practice squad

The Miami Dolphins moved veteran wide receiver Robbie Chosen from the practice squad to the 53-man active roster for the second straight week Saturday.

With star wide receiver Jaylen Waddle out last Sunday due to a concussion, Chosen made just one catch in the Dolphins’ 70-20 win over the visiting Denver Broncos, but it was a 68-yard touchdown.

Waddle will return for Sunday’s road game against the Buffalo Bills (2-1), but the Dolphins (3-0) placed wide receiver River Cracraft (shoulder) on injured reserve Friday, opening up a spot for Chosen.

“Last week gave him an unbelievable opportunity,” Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel told reporters Friday about Chosen. “We had specifically Jaylen [Waddle] down, and he had been training within the offense so well. … The speed is something that you have to account for and makes it a little more difficult for defenses to just hone-in on Tyreek [Hill], especially when Jaylen’s not out there.

“Having said that, the reason why he’s on the team, and the reason why he was able to make the play — the big play that he made, but then a ton of plays actually in the run game that he made during the week — is because how he’s taken all of this football acumen, all of his playmaking ability, and he’s really immersed himself within the offense.”

Linebackers Cameron Goode and Chase Winovich were also elevated from Miami’s practice squad to the active roster for Sunday’s game.

–Field Level Media

Sep 17, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (17) reacts after his first down catch against New England Patriots cornerback Christian Gonzalez (6) in the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins WR Jaylen Waddle clears concussion protocol

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle has cleared the concussion protocol, the team announced Thursday.

After sitting out last weekend’s 70-point outburst against Denver, Waddle will be available for Sunday’s AFC East clash between Miami (3-0) and the host Buffalo Bills (2-1) in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Waddle was placed in the concussion protocol following a helmet-to-helmet hit during a Week 2 win over New England. Patriots rookie safety Marte Mapu was flagged for unnecessary roughness and fined $5,620.

Waddle, 24, has eight catches for 164 yards through two games. He has 187 receptions for 2,535 yards and 14 touchdowns in 35 games (all starts) since Miami drafted him with the No. 6 overall pick in 2021 out of Alabama.

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Sep 24, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA;  Miami Dolphins running back De'Von Achane (28) scores a touchdown  against the Denver Broncos in the first quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins pour it on with 70-20 rout over Broncos

De’Von Achane and Raheem Mostert had career days with four touchdowns each and Tua Tagovailoa completed his first 17 pass attempts as the Miami Dolphins crushed the Denver Broncos 70-20 on Sunday in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Miami (3-0) put together its highest-scoring performance in franchise history while also coming within two points of matching the NFL record. Washington scored 72 points in a 1966 game.

Achane rushed for two touchdowns and caught two more as Miami racked up 726 yards of total offense. Achane rushed for 203 yards on 18 carries.

Meanwhile, three of Mostert’s scores came on the ground. He had 82 yards on 13 touches to go along with seven receptions for 60 yards.

Tagovailoa was one completion away from matching the franchise record of 18 straight to open a game, set by Ryan Tannehill in 2015. Tagovailoa went on to throw for 309 yards and four TDs on 23-of-26 passing.

Tyreek Hill hauled in nine catches for 157 yards and a TD for the Dolphins, who forced three turnovers.

Russell Wilson completed 23 of 38 passes for 306 yards with a touchdown and an interception for Denver, which is off to an 0-3 start for the second time since 2020.

Courtland Sutton led the Broncos with eight catches for 91 yards and a score.

Mostert silenced any chance of a Denver comeback when he scored a pair of third-quarter touchdowns, one on a 19-yard reception. Achane had a 10-yard TD catch with 14:55 left in the fourth.

But Miami wasn’t done.

Backup quarterback Mike White found Chosen Anderson for a 68-yard scoring strike with 9:05 to go, but Marvin Mims Jr. returned the ensuing kickoff 99 yards to make it a 43-point game.

Forty-nine seconds later, Achane scored on the ground from 67 yards out.

Mostert and Achane each had a pair of touchdowns in the first half to help send Miami into the break with a commanding 35-13 lead.

Wilson’s 12-yard TD pass to Sutton and a pair of Wil Lutz field goals accounted for the Broncos’ first-half scoring.

–Field Level Media

Sep 17, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (17) reacts after his first down catch against New England Patriots cornerback Christian Gonzalez (6) in the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins rule out WR Jaylen Waddle (concussion) vs. Broncos

The Miami Dolphins on Saturday downgraded wide receiver Jaylen Waddle to out because of a concussion for Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos at Miami Gardens, Fla.

Waddle was listed as questionable and was able to practice Friday in a limited capacity. He was in concussion protocol following a helmet-to-helmet hit during the 24-17 win Sunday night over New England. Patriots rookie safety Marte Mapu was flagged for unnecessary roughness on the play.

The Dolphins (2-0) elevated wide receiver Robbie Chosen and linebacker Cameron Goode on Saturday from the practice squad to the active roster for the game against the Broncos (0-2).

Waddle, 24, has eight catches for 164 yards through two games. He has 187 receptions for 2,535 yards and 14 scores in 35 games (all starts) since Miami drafted him with the No. 6 overall pick in 2021 out of Alabama.

Chosen, 30, signed with Miami in April and spent the first two games on the practice squad. The former Robbie Anderson has played seven seasons with the New York Jets (2016-19), Carolina Panthers (2020-22) and Arizona Cardinals (2022). He has played in 111 games (86 starts), making 375 receptions for 4,956 yards and 29 touchdowns.

The Dolphins selected Goode, 25, in the seventh round of the 2022 NFL Draft out of California. He played in the first two games this season.

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Aug 19, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA;  Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniels coaches against the Houston Texans in the third quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel faces hometown team in Broncos

In 2005, a 22-year-old Mike McDaniel was living the dream.

The Greeley, Colo., native was a coaching intern on the Broncos’ staff, helping Denver to a 13-3 record and a trip to the AFC Championship Game.

Flash forward 18 years later, and McDaniel will be trying to take down his hometown team when the Miami Dolphins face the Broncos on Sunday in Miami Gardens, Fla.

McDaniel is preparing for his first meeting as a head coach against the team that took a chance on him back in the mid-2000s, as Miami and Denver have not met since 2020. McDaniel took over as Dolphins coach last season, leading the team to a 9-8 record and its first playoff appearance since 2016.

Miami (2-0) picked up right where it left off under McDaniel, as the Dolphins are averaging 30 points and a league-best 462.5 yards per game following last Sunday’s 24-17 victory over the New England Patriots.

Safe to say, it’s been the start to his head-coaching career that McDaniel envisioned, but he knows it might not have been possible without the time he spent in Denver.

“It was the team that I found my love for football with,” McDaniel said. “Also, a couple of the biggest influences that I’ve had from the game of football in terms of Mike Shanahan and by extension Kyle Shanahan and Gary Kubiak.

“It’s a great franchise. … Tremendous organization, and I wouldn’t be here without it.”

Emotions aside, this week is all business for McDaniel and Miami, which could be leaning on its rushing attack to get past the Broncos (0-2).

Jaylen Waddle is in danger of missing Sunday’s contest due to concussion protocol, and after being held to 40 yards against New England, Tyreek Hill will have to deal with star cornerback Pat Surtain II.

“You want to talk about a tough position, that’s why you kind of know by name the guys that are the best in the business, and I think he’s in that category for sure,” McDaniel said of Surtain. “He’s a heck of a player.”

Waddle did not practice on Wednesday, while Hill was limited with an ankle injury.

Although Denver hasn’t been able to get in the win column just yet, Russell Wilson is finally starting to look like the quarterback the Broncos thought they were trading for when they shipped a package of three players and multiple draft picks to Seattle two offseasons ago.

Wilson completed 18 of 32 passes for 308 yards, three touchdowns and an interception last weekend, but despite his efforts, Denver still fell 35-33 to the Washington Commanders.

The Broncos led 21-3 at one point but surrendered 10 points in the final 1:47 of the first half before crumbling following the break.

Still, it was an encouraging performance for Wilson, who reached the 300-yard mark 21 times during his 10 seasons with the Seahawks before doing so just once during the 2022 campaign.

Denver’s two losses have come by a combined three points, and executing plays when it matters most is quickly becoming an issue.

“As we’ve learned the past few years, almost every game is one score — seven points, three points,” Broncos center Lloyd Cushenberry III said. “We need to finish those games ’cause we’ve lost too many over the past four years that I’ve been here.”

Linebacker Frank Clark (hip), nose tackle Mike Purcell (ankle) and safety Justin Simmons (hip) missed Denver’s practice on Wednesday. Offensive tackle Garett Bolles was limited due to an ankle injury.

In addition to Waddle, running back Salvon Ahmed (groin) missed Wednesday’s practice. Offensive tackle Terron Armstead (back/ankle/knee), defensive tackle Raekwon Davis (wrist) and linebackers Jaelan Phillips (back) and Andrew Van Ginkel (ankle) were among those limited for the Dolphins.

–Field Level Media

Jan 1, 2023; Paradise, Nevada, USA; San Francisco 49ers tight end Tyler Kroft (81) warms up before a game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

TE Tyler Kroft signs with Dolphins

Tight end Tyler Kroft agreed to a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins, his agent announced Tuesday on Twitter.

Originally drafted in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals, Kroft spent four seasons (2015-2018) with the Bengals before stints with the Buffalo Bills (2019-20), New York Jets (2021) and San Francisco 49ers (2022).

Kroft, 30, has 105 catches for 1,081 yards and 13 touchdowns over 92 career games (52 starts).

Kroft caught just four passes for 57 yards and no touchdowns in 11 games (four starts) for the 49ers last season.

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Jan 8, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins tight end Durham Smythe (81) catches a pass against the New York Jets during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins re-sign TE Durham Smythe for two more seasons

The Miami Dolphins re-signed tight end Durham Smythe to a two-year extension that runs through the 2025 season, with NFL Network reporting the value at $7.75 million with $5.5 million fully guaranteed.

The Notre Dame product signed a two-year, $7 million deal that runs through 2023 in advance of last season.

Smythe, 27, caught 15 passes for 129 yards and one touchdown in 2022, over 16 games (15 starts). The production was down from his career-best season in 2021 when he caught 34 passes for 357 yards in 17 games (12 starts).

In five seasons with the Dolphins, Smythe has 88 receptions for 809 yards and three TDs in 79 games. He was a fourth-round draft choice by Miami in 2018.

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Jan 16, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) takes the field before a wild card game against the Dallas Cowboys at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady dismisses notion of ending second retirement

Tom Brady jokingly cited his new family responsibilities on Tuesday as his reasoning against ending his second retirement from the NFL and returning for a 24th season.

“Anyone who thinks I have time to come back to the NFL has never adopted a 2 month old kitten for their daughter,” Brady wrote Tuesday on Twitter.

Brady’s response on social media came after “The Rich Eisen Show” suggested that the decorated quarterback could make another comeback, this time with the Miami Dolphins.

Brady, 45, previously had been linked to the Dolphins, with the NFL punishing the club last year for tampering. The league took away Miami’s first-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft and its third-round selection in 2024.

He initially retired on Feb. 1, 2022. He changed his mind 40 days later and returned to play last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Brady once again retired on Feb. 1, 2023. He appears intent on taking the 2023 season off and will debut as a FOX Sports analyst during the 2024 campaign.

Brady played in the Super Bowl 10 times — or 18 percent of all Super Bowls to date. He was a three-time NFL Most Valuable Player and 15-time Pro Bowl selection. He spent his first 20 seasons with the New England Patriots before joining the Buccaneers ahead of the 2020 season.

Brady is the owner of the most Super Bowl championships (seven), most regular-season wins by a quarterback (251), most postseason wins by a quarterback (35), most passes completed (7,753), most pass attempts (12,050), most passing yards (89,214) and most passing touchdowns (649).

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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 sounds off on his injuries

Miami Dolphins cornerback Byron Jones claims he “can’t run or jump” due to his injuries and cautions other players to avoid his path.

Jones, who missed the 2022 season after ankle and Achilles surgeries, made comments Saturday on social media that indicate he might never play again.

Retweeting a video from his 12-foot, 3-inch broad jump at the 2015 Combine, Jones wrote: “Much has changed in 8 years. Today I can’t run or jump because of my injuries sustained playing this game. DO NOT take the pills they give you. DO NOT take the injections they give you. If you absolutely must, consult an outside doctor to learn the long-term implications.”

He followed that up with a comment that sounded like a retirement announcement.

“It was an honor and privilege to play in the NFL but it came at a regrettable cost I did not foresee. In my opinion, no amount of professional success or financial gain is worth avoidable chronic pain and disabilities. Godspeed to the draft class of 2023.”

Jones, 30, was drafted in the first round (27th overall) by the Dallas Cowboys in 2015. He signed a five-year, $82.5 million contract with the Dolphins in March 2020.

He made the Pro Bowl in 2018 and has recorded 444 tackles and four interceptions in 109 games (103 starts) with the Cowboys and Dolphins.

–Field Level Media

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) drops back to pass against the Cleveland Browns during the second  half of an NFL game at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Nov. 13, 2022.

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Texans to start QB Kyle Allen against rested Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins return from their bye week on a four-game winning streak and are set to face the spiraling Houston Texans on Sunday in Miami Gardens, Fla.

The Dolphins (7-3) look to be as healthy as they have been in quite some time with several players returning to the practice field this week.

The key to Miami’s offense continues to be the improved play of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who is having an MVP-caliber season. Tagovailoa entered the week leading the NFL with a 118.4 passer rating and ranked fourth in the AFC in touchdown passes (18) behind only Patrick Mahomes, Joe Burrow and Josh Allen.

The Dolphins are 7-0 when Tagovailoa starts and finishes a game this season.

While the Dolphins have found stability under center, the Texans (1-8-1) are reportedly ready to make a change at quarterback.

NFL Network reported on Wednesday that Houston is benching second-year starter Davis Mills and is likely to start Kyle Allen, who has 24 touchdowns, 17 interceptions and an 84.9 passer rating in 21 career NFL games (17 starts) combined during stints with Carolina and Washington.

Texans coach Lovie Smith didn’t confirm the move when asked on Wednesday, but didn’t deny it either.

Mills completed 19 of 33 passes for 169 yards, no touchdowns, two interceptions and a 46.1 passer rating in a 23-10 loss to Washington last week.

Allen has yet to take a snap this season, but completed 11 of 15 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown during two preseason appearances.

“Kyle can make all the throws. He has a history of good play in the NFL,” Smith said Tuesday. “He’s a veteran that’s been in situations, gets rid of the ball quickly. There’s a lot of things to like about what Kyle has done.

“We’re not pleased with where we are. Do we need to do some things differently? Yes, and we will.”

Miami doesn’t want to see much change except in the kicking game, where typically-reliable Jason Sanders is struggling.

Sanders ranks 29th among kickers who have kicked in at least four games this season with a 76.5 percent field goal percentage. Sanders missed two extra points in the Dolphins’ most recent win against Cleveland and has missed three overall while going 13-for-17 on field goals. He is 36 of 48 on field goals following the 2020 season, when he made 36 of 39.

“Jason has been a very good kicker in this league,” Dolphins special teams coordinator Danny Crossman told reporters this week. “I have no doubt he’ll get back to that. Jason will get it right. I believe in Jason.”

The Texans will need Allen to ignite an offense that sputtered completely last week.

Even rookie running back Dameon Pierce, who came into the game with 772 rushing yards, was held in check, tallying just 8 yards on 10 carries.

One prominent member of Miami’s backfield — Raheem Mostert (knee) — did not practice on Wednesday, nor did punter Thomas Morstead (illness). Tackle Terron Armstead (toe), linebacker Jerome Baker (hip), quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (knee), tight end Tanner Conner (knee/back), cornerback Keion Crossen (shoulder) and defensive tackle Raekwon Davis (knee) were all limited.

For the Texans, defensive back Derek Stingley Jr. (hamstring) and long snapper Jon Weeks (personal) did not practice.

–Field Level Media