Miami Dolphins Practice Report and Injury Update: Time Runs Short for Terron Armstead

    The Thursday Miami Dolphins practice report and injury update has one big concern again for the fellas in aqua and orange: Left tackle Terron Armstead.

    Miami Dolphins left tackle Terron Armstead has not practiced since injuring his ankle during joint practices against the Houston Texans on Aug. 17.

    The injury was not as serious as it once looked, and Armstead tweeted out later that day that his “mindset [was] on Week 1.”

    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.

    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.

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    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.

    Miami Dolphins vs. Los Angeles Chargers Injury Report

    Dolphins

    Did Not Practice

    • OT Terron Armstead (back/ankle/knee)
    • DB Elijah Campbell (knee)

    Limited

    • CB Justin Bethel (knee)
    • TE Julian Hill (ankle)

    Full

    • 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)

    Chargers

    Did Not Practice

    • LB Daiyan Henley (hamstring)
    • OLB Chris Rumph II (hamstring)

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