Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, who is nursing a sprained ankle, is not expected to play Sunday for the Baltimore Ravens, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Thursday.
Waddle was injured during Sunday’s win over the Dallas Cowboys.
Waddle caught a 50-yard pass from quarterback Tua Tagovailoa on the Dolphins’ first offensive drive of Sunday’s game, but eye and ankle injuries limited him to just 28 snaps. That catch gave him 1,014 receiving yards for the season – his third straight 1,000-yard season to start his career.
He is the first player in franchise history to record three consecutive seasons with 1,000 receiving yards.
With Waddle out, the Dolphins will likely turn to their third receiver at the position, Cedrick Wilson Jr., to fill his role. Braxton Berrios, River Cracraft or midseason acquisition Chase Claypool could also see elevated roles on Sunday.
Waddle and Tyreek Hill (1,641 yards) are by far the team’s leading receivers. No other player has totaled more than 245 receiving yards this season. Despite the drop in productivity, Miami’s coaching staff has been training players at multiple positions since offseason workouts for this exact scenario.
“We’re trying to always move guys around and keep them working so we can all be connected during the time we have to show up and do what’s required on Sunday,” offensive coordinator Frank Smith said. said. “Again, we have contingencies to manage to make sure we put our guys in the best position possible.”
The Dolphins clinched their second straight playoff berth with Sunday’s win, but would capture their first AFC East title since 2008 with a win over the Ravens in Week 17 as well as a Bills loss to the Patriots of New England. If they win, the Dolphins will be the top seed in the AFC.
The Ravens will clinch the AFC’s No. 1 seed if they beat the Dolphins on Sunday.
ESPN’s Marcel Louis-Jacques contributed to this report.
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