The injury was not as serious as it once looked, and Armstead tweeted out later that day that his “mindset [was] on Week 1.”
Got landed on during team run in practice today! Things like that happens in the trenches! 🤷🏾♂️ We just get up and get back to work!
And that’s what I do! 💙
Mindset on Week 1 🐬
— T. Stead 🎤🎧 (@T_Armstead72) August 17, 2023
Well, Week 1 is here, and Armstead’s availability for the games against the Los Angeles Chargers is very much in doubt.
Terron Armstead Misses Yet Another Miami Dolphins Practice
Armstead was not among the 51 active roster Dolphins players who participated in Thursday’s indoor practice, according to multiple outlets who attended the practice.
back inside for Dolphins practice Thursday:
🐬 Did not see Terron Armstead — he will get an official designation tomorrow afternoon but he likely needs at least a limited session Friday to have a chance at playing Sunday vs the Chargers
🐬 Saw CB Nik Needham working off to the… pic.twitter.com/XUhJZhIM6u
— Marcel Louis-Jacques (@Marcel_LJ) September 7, 2023
Armstead regularly played in games last year without practicing, but it’s hard to see how Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel would throw him out there against Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack without at least some work on Friday.
If Armstead cannot go, expect dependable backup Kendall Lamm to get the start.
Dolphins offensive coordinator Frank Smith told reporters Thursday that Miami’s O-line has gotten a good preview of what awaits them Sunday all summer, going up against Bradley Chubb and Jaelan Phillips in practice.
When asked earlier this week about the prospect of Armstead (who is also dealing with back and knee injuries) playing in a game despite getting a few dozen — at most — team reps in practice, McDaniel replied:
“There were measures taken this offseason so that we could prevent that from occurring. You can’t control everything, but that was part of the reason we had such a gradual introduction into football for him is to try to avoid that at all costs. That’s not ideal. It’s already hard enough when you’re playing, offensive, defensive line football.
“That’s where the phrase, it’s a game of inches comes from. When you’re in charge of blocking the best athletes in the game, you can’t have anything in your head. It’s already hard enough to block them the way that Terron is able to do. But to do it without going through the calls, the calls between your teammates, the assignments, live speed, it’s pretty remarkable what he was able to do last year. We’re trying to avoid that as best we can. But we’ll always adapt.”
Miami Dolphins Practice Report
Other than Armstead, the only Dolphins player not spotted by reporters present at Thursday’s practice was defensive back Elijah Campbell (knee).
The Dolphins seem likely to have wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, safety Brandon Jones, and running back De’Von Achane available for the opener. They all missed time this camp due to injury.
One interesting tidbit: The Sun-Sentinel reported that Dolphins receivers did press coverage-beating drills during the portion of practice open to reporters. The Chargers successfully disrupted the Dolphins’ pass attack last December with that technique.
Terron Armstead again not seen practicing Thursday, along with Elijah Campbell.
Among drills seen during media viewing portion of practice, wide receivers working on breaking press.
— David Furones (@DavidFurones_) September 7, 2023
Miami Dolphins vs. Los Angeles Chargers Injury Report
Did Not Practice
- OT Terron Armstead (back/ankle/knee)
- DB Elijah Campbell (knee)
- CB Justin Bethel (knee)
- TE Julian Hill (ankle)
- RB De’Von Achane (shoulder)
- RB Salvon Ahmed (back)
- DT Raekwon Davis (elbow)
- OL Liam Eichenberg (ribs)
- S Brandon Jones (knee)
- WR Jaylen Waddle (oblique)
- OL Connor Williams (knee)
Did Not Practice
- LB Daiyan Henley (hamstring)
- OLB Chris Rumph II (hamstring)
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