Miami Dolphins running back Raheem Mostert (31) and wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) are back at practice. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins WR Tyreek Hill, RB Raheem Mostert return to practice

Most of Miami’s injured offensive standouts returned to practice Thursday after appearing on the injury report the day before and are in line to play in the Dolphins’ Week 8 matchup with the New England Patriots.

Wide receiver Tyreek Hill (hip) and running back Raheem Mostert (ankle), who have combined to score 18 touchdowns in the first seven games, were both participants Thursday.

Hill had five receptions for 40 yards and a touchdown in the Week 2 win over the Patriots. Mostert rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns in that 24-17 victory.

The Dolphins also had safety Jevon Holland back on the field for practice. Holland remains in concussion protocol and was wearing a red, non-contact jersey.

Whether cornerback Jalen Ramsey is cleared for his debut with the Dolphins this week might not be determined until Sunday, according to defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.

Ramsey, acquired from the Los Angeles Rams in the offseason, has recovered from a training camp knee injury and no longer is limited in practice.

“He is progressing well, practicing more this week, and we’ll see how that turns out by Sunday,” Fangio said. “Any time you add good players to your team it will change, should be to your benefit.”

Defensive back Nik Needham seems to believe Ramsey is ready.

“Jalen looks great,” Needham said. “Yeah, that’s a freak athlete right there. So, one of a kind. He ran like 22 miles per hour fresh off the injury. So, you don’t really see that normally out here. It’s crazy.”

–Field Level Media

Jun 6, 2023; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins cornerback Jalen Ramsey (5) looks on while talking to reporters during mandatory minicamp at the Baptist Health Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins place CB Jalen Ramsey (knee) on IR

The Miami Dolphins placed All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey and two others on injured reserve Thursday.

Ramsey, 28, underwent meniscus surgery on his left knee on July 28 and is not expected back until December.

The non-contact injury occurred in training camp while he was covering wideout Tyreek Hill in an 11-on-11 drill.

The three-time All-Pro and six-time Pro Bowl selection joined Miami in a March 12 trade with the Los Angeles Rams.

Ramsey has 19 interceptions in 108 career games (107 starts) with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2016-19) and Rams (2019-22).

Running back Jeff Wilson Jr. (undisclosed) and offensive lineman Robert Jones (knee) were also placed on IR and are ineligible for the first four games.

The Dolphins reloaded their 53-man roster by signing cornerbacks Justin Bethel and Parry Nickerson and tight end Tyler Kroft.

–Field Level Media

Jul 26, 2023; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins cornerback Jalen Ramsey (5) works out during training camp at Baptist Health Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins CB Jalen Ramsey (knee surgery) out several weeks

Star cornerback Jalen Ramsey will not be available for the start of the 2023 regular season, Miami Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel said Friday.

Ramsey spoke to the team Thursday after he left practice with a non-contact knee injury. McDaniel confirmed the injury is a torn meniscus with surgery scheduled Friday that would determine the extent of his absence.

“Jalen spoke to the team, and it really moved people,” McDaniel said Friday, noting that Ramsey’s response to the injury and his determination have been positives for the entire team.

McDaniel said the start of the regular season is not a realistic return date for Ramsey, who was acquired via trade from the Los Angeles Rams. A full meniscus repair would likely rule out Ramsey until December.

Ramsey pointed to the longer absence than a minor torn meniscus repair — which calls for a recovery of around eight weeks — Thursday night when he tweeted, “That end of the season push gon be legendary!”

The injury occurred while Ramsey was matched up with speedy Tyreek Hill during an 11-on-11 drill toward the end of practice. Ramsey clutched at his left knee prior to colliding with Hill and was quickly evaluated by trainers.

Ramsey — a three-time All-Pro, six-time Pro Bowl selection and Super Bowl champion — has missed multiple games in a season to injury just once in his previous eight NFL seasons.

Ramsey, 28, was acquired by the Dolphins from the Rams on March 12 in exchange for tight end Hunter Long and a 2023 third-round draft pick.

Ramsey had a career-high 88 tackles to go along with four interceptions and two forced fumbles in 17 games (all starts) with the Rams last season. Los Angeles did not make the playoffs in 2022, although he helped the club to a Super Bowl title the previous campaign.

Ramsey has 452 tackles, 19 interceptions and six forced fumbles in 108 career games (107 starts) with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2016-19) and Rams (2019-22). He was selected by Jacksonville with the fifth overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft.

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Feb 13, 2022; Inglewood, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey (5) defends against Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) during Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Rams CB Jalen Ramsey to start camp on PUP list

Los Angeles Rams star cornerback Jalen Ramsey will open training camp on the physically unable to perform list.

Ramsey underwent surgery on his left shoulder over the offseason. He tweeted a photo of himself with a sling on that shoulder last month. He claimed on a podcast appearance that he played more than half the season with two AC joints sprained.

The 27-year-old is still expected to be ready for ready for the 2022 season opener.

“When we did do that surgery on him, obviously most importantly was how he felt about it, but then with the goal in mind of, alright, attack the rehab the right way and, most importantly, be ready for Sept. 8 ready to go,” coach Sean McVay told reporters Friday. “So we’ll be smart about that progress for him.”

Ramsey played in 16 games (all starts) in 2021, matching his career high with four interceptions and adding 77 tackles with 16 pass breakups. He was named a first-team All-Pro for the second straight year and third time in his career as the Rams went on to win the Super Bowl.

He has 15 interceptions in 91 games (90 starts) with the Jaguars (2016-19) and Rams (2019-21) since Jacksonville drafted him fifth overall in 2016.

The Rams also placed linebacker Travin Howard, safety Quentin Lake and rookie running back Kyren Williams on the PUP list to start camp.

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Feb 13, 2022; Inglewood, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey (5) defends against Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) during Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Rams CB Jalen Ramsey recovering from shoulder surgery

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey is recovering from shoulder surgery, NFL Network reported.

The 27-year-old All-Pro posted a photo of himself, wearing a sling, with his children on social media.

“ALL IS WELL!” tweeted Ramsey, who is expected to be ready before the start of the 2022 season.

Ramsey made the All-Pro first team for the third time, was selected to his fifth Pro Bowl and helped the Rams win a Super Bowl championship last season.

Ramsey reportedly played with tears in both shoulders last season.

He has 15 interceptions in 91 games (90 starts) with the Jaguars (2016-19) and Rams (2019-21) since Jacksonville drafted him fifth overall in 2016.

–Field Level Media

Oct 10, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team defensive end Montez Sweat (90) lines up against the New Orleans Saints at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

NFL mandates booster, establishes one-day record 37 with positives

The NFL is requiring players and other key personnel to receive a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as part of the league mandate to be fully vaccinated, according to a league memo.

Multiple outlets released the contents of the memo, which coincided with a noticeable uptick in reported positive tests around the league.

“On November 29, the CDC issued a study showing that the effectiveness of the approved COVID-19 vaccines may decrease over time and has recommended that all eligible vaccinated individuals over the age of 18 should receive a booster shot,” the memo reads in part. “Given the increased prevalence of the virus in our communities, our experts have recommended that we implement the CDC’s recommendation.”

Tier 1 and 2 personnel who previously have been vaccinated must receive a booster shot by Dec. 27, giving them just two weeks to comply.

Tier 1 staff encompasses players, coaches and trainers. Tier 2 includes general managers and front office employees.

The mandate covers those who received the Pfizer or Moderna shot more than six months ago and those who received a Johnson and Johnson shot more than two months ago.

Thirty-six players were placed on the reserve/COVID list Monday, all of whom tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the NFL transaction wire. A 37th tested positive after the daily wire was published. ESPN reported that it was the highest single-day total of positive cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

The Los Angeles Rams placed two starters, cornerback Jalen Ramsey and tight end Tyler Higbee, on the reserve/COVID list Monday mere hours before their game against the Arizona Cardinals.

The Washington Football Team announced defensive tackle Jonathan Allen, linebacker David Mayo, defensive end William Bradley-King and tight end Temarrick Hemingway were placed on the COVID list. That upped Washington’s total to nine players on the list — all defensive players, including edge rusher Montez Sweat. Allen and Sweat are starters.

NFL Network and the Washington Post also reported that a Tier 3 staffer in Washington tested positive for the Omicron variant of the virus, the first known occurrence of the new variant appearing in the league.

Kansas City Chiefs receiver Josh Gordon, New York Giants receiver Kadarius Toney, Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison and Los Angeles Chargers rookie left tackle Rashawn Slater also landed on the reserve/COVID list Monday.

–Field Level Media