Dec 5, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (17) runs the ball on a punt return during the second half against the New York Giants at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins’ Jaylen Waddle, Phillip Lindsay set to come off COVID list

The Miami Dolphins are set to activate wide receiver Jaylen Waddle and running back Phillip Lindsay off the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday while announcing that wide receiver Will Fuller likely is done for the season.

Waddle and Lindsay missed Sunday’s victory over the New York Jets. The Dolphins won their sixth straight game as they try to break into the playoff picture.

Miami coach Brian Flores also announced Monday that Fuller had a setback in his recovery from a finger injury and likely will miss the rest of the season. Fuller has four catches for 26 yards in two games played. He signed a one-year deal with Miami worth $10.6 million last March.

Waddle, the team’s leader in catches (86) and receiving yards (849), will be back for the Dolphins’ Week 16 game against the New Orleans Saints. DeVante Parker was Miami’s leading receiver Sunday with four catches for 68 yards and a touchdown.

Lindsay will return to a running back corps that is at full strength and reportedly has added Duke Johnson to the 53-man roster. Johnson ran for 107 yards against the Jets after being elevated from the practice squad. Miami leading rusher Myles Gaskin returned from the COVID list to add 54 yards rushing.

Lindsay was signed off waivers from the Houston Texans on Nov. 24 and made his Miami debut against the Carolina Panthers four days later. He carried 12 times for 42 yards in Miami’s 33-10 win.

The Dolphins (7-7) need a victory at New Orleans (7-7) next Monday night to keep their longshot playoff hopes alive. As of Monday, the Dolphins are the 11th seed in the AFC.

–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

Nov 26, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller (15) turns after a catch during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

WR Will Fuller expected to make Miami debut on Sunday

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Will Fuller is expected to play Sunday against the Las Vegas Raiders after missing last week’s game for personal reasons, coach Brian Flores told reporters Friday.

It will mark the Miami debut for Fuller, who was signed to a one-year, $10.625 million contract with the Dolphins in March.

Fuller, 27, didn’t play in the Dolphins’ 17-16 Week 1 win over the New England Patriots as he was serving the final game of a six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. He missed five games to end the 2020 season with the Houston Texans due to the punishment.

He wasn’t with the team in the 35-0 drubbing by the Buffalo Bills last Sunday.

He returned to the Dolphins on Monday and practiced all week.

“Will has worked hard — we expect him to play,” Flores said. “Will’s looked good this week.”

The Texans selected the Notre Dame product with the No. 21 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. In 53 games (52 starts), he has 209 receptions for 3,110 yards and 24 touchdowns.

Despite playing in just 11 games last season, he caught eight passes for touchdowns and averaged 16.6 yards per catch — both career highs.

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Nov 15, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller (15) runs the ball past Cleveland Browns tight end Stephen Carlson (89) during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins WR Will Fuller (personal reasons) out indefinitely

Miami Dolphins receiver Will Fuller won’t play Sunday against the visiting Buffalo Bills due to a personal issue, coach Brian Flores told reporters Friday.

Fuller is not with the Dolphins, and it isn’t clear when he will return. Flores would not go into further detail, and he declined to answer whether he expects Fuller’s absence will be a long one.

“I’ve had multiple conversations with him over the last couple of days. He’s definitely dealing with a personal issue,” Flores said, per the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “We support Will and we’ll take it one day at a time.”

Fuller didn’t play in the Dolphins’ 17-16 Week 1 win over the New England Patriots. He was serving the final game of a six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. He missed five games to end the 2020 season with the Houston Texans due to the punishment.

The 27-year-old Fuller signed a one-year, $10.625 million contract with the Dolphins in March. It includes $10 million in guaranteed money.

“Things arise in our lives,” Flores said. “That’s kind of what he’s dealing with right now. He has our support. He has my support. And is it a surprise? Things happen. They happen and they’re not part of your normal everyday — yeah it’s a surprise from that standpoint. But, we deal with it.”

The Texans selected the Notre Dame product with the No. 21 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. In 53 games (52 starts), he has 209 receptions for 3,110 yards and 24 touchdowns.

Despite playing in just 11 games last season, he caught eight passes for touchdowns and averaged 16.6 yards per catch — both career highs.

–Field Level Media

Nov 26, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller (15) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Texans will not use franchise tag on Will Fuller

The Houston Texans will not place a franchise tag on wide receiver Will Fuller, likely prompting his departure via free agency, according to a report Thursday from the Houston Chronicle.

The 26-year-old Fuller had career highs with 53 catches for 879 yards and eight touchdowns in only 11 games in 2020. But his breakout season came to a sudden stop when the NFL suspended him for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

Fuller’s suspension will carry over into Week 1 of the 2021 season.

The likely departure of Fuller marks the latest change in a busy offseason for the Texans, who already cut ties with star defensive end J.J. Watt. Star quarterback Deshaun Watson reportedly also has requested a trade.

Houston drafted Fuller in the first round (No. 21 overall) out of Notre Dame in 2016. He has 209 career receptions for 3,110 yards and 24 touchdowns in 53 career games (52 starts).

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Aug 17, 2020; Englewood, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos cornerback A.J. Bouye (21) during training camp at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Broncos’ Bouye suspended 6 games for PED violation

Denver Broncos cornerback A.J. Bouye has been suspended six games for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancement policy, multiple media outlets reported on Wednesday.

Bouye’s case is related to the six-game suspensions presented last week to Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller and cornerback Bradley Roby, per the reports. Fuller and Bouye were teammates in Houston during the 2016 season.

KOA Radio reported on Tuesday that Bouye also took a supplement that he was told was a permitted substance under NFL policy.

A six-game suspension sidelines Bouye for the rest of this season and the first two games of the 2021 campaign. He is signed for next year with a base salary of $13 million.

Bouye is in his first season in Denver (4-8) after getting traded from the Jacksonville Jaguars in the offseason.

Bouye has played in seven games (starting all) and has recorded 23 tackles and six passes defensed. The 29-year-old went down with a shoulder injury in the Broncos’ season opener and went on injured reserve. He returned on Oct. 25 to start Denver’s Week 7 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Bouye has 14 career interceptions and made the Pro Bowl with the Jaguars in 2017. He was picked up by the Texans as an undrafted free agent in 2013.

With cornerback Bryce Callahan (foot) on injured reserve, the Broncos could be without their two starting CBs on Sunday — and beyond — against the Carolina Panthers (4-8). The Broncos are down to Michael Ojemudia, De’Vante Bausby, Duke Dawson and Kevin Toliver at the position.

–Field Level Media

Oct 18, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller (15) runs after making a catch against the Tennessee Titans during the first quarter at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

Texans WR Fuller announces six-game suspension

Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller V has been suspended for six games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Fuller announced the suspension Monday in a post on his Instagram account. He apologized to the Texans organization and its fans.

“Earlier this year, I sought treatment from a medical professional who prescribed medication that he believed to be permitted under the NFL’s drug policy,” Fuller wrote. “As it turns out, my trust in this professional was misplaced because this medication was NOT a permitted substance under the NFL Policy on Performance Enhancing Substances.

“As a result of this mistake, I have been suspended for six games for taking this prohibited medication. I want to sincerely apologize to the Texans organization and all of my fans for this mistake. I am looking forward to putting this all behind me and returning better than ever in 2021.”

Fuller, 26, had posted career highs in receptions (53), receiving yards (879) and touchdowns (eight) through 11 games this season. He is in his fifth year with the Texans, who drafted him in the first round (No. 21 overall) in 2016 out of Notre Dame.

The suspension includes the last five games of this season as well as the first game of the 2021 season for Fuller, a pending free agent.

Minus Fuller, the Texans could turn to Brandin Cooks as their top receiving option. He has 52 catches for 719 yards and three touchdowns.

–Field Level Media