Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (17).

Fins to pick up options for Jaylen Waddle, Jaelan Phillips

The Miami Dolphins will pick up the fifth-year options on wide receiver Jaylen Waddle and edge rusher Jaelan Phillips.

General manager Chris Grier confirmed Tuesday that the team will make it happen before the May 2 deadline.

The Dolphins drafted both in the first round in 2021, selecting Waddle with the No. 6 pick and Phillips at No. 18.

Waddle will earn $15.59 million and Phillips will earn $13.25 million, with both 2025 salaries fully guaranteed.

Waddle, 25, posted his third straight 1,000-yard season to begin his career in 2023, catching 72 passes for 1,014 yards and four touchdowns in 14 starts. He has 251 career receptions for 3,385 yards and 18 scores in 47 games (all starts).

Phillips, 24, recorded 6.5 sacks, 11 quarterback hits and 43 tackles in eight games (six starts) last season. He has 22 sacks, 52 QB hits, 146 tackles, three fumble recoveries and one interception in 42 career games (26 starts).

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Sep 17, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Raheem Mostert (31) celebrates with wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) and wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (17) after scoring against the New England Patriots in the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins RB Raheem Mostert, WR Jaylen Waddle active vs. Chiefs

The Miami Dolphins have key offensive players Raheem Mostert and Jaylen Waddle active for Saturday night’s AFC playoff game against the host Kansas City Chiefs.

Both players missed the final two regular-season games. Mostert was out with knee and ankle injuries while Waddle was sidelined with an ankle injury.

Mostert recorded a franchise-record 18 rushing touchdowns this season and had 1,012 yards on the ground in 15 games.

Waddle caught 72 passes for 1,014 yards and four scores in 14 games.

Among Miami’s inactives are star cornerback Xavien Howard (foot) and safety Jevon Holland (both knees). The other inactives are quarterback Skylar Thompson, cornerback Cam Smith, offensive tackle Kion Smith, receiver Robbie Chosen and tight end Tyler Kroft.

The Chiefs’ inactives are receivers Kadarius Toney and Justyn Ross, offensive tackle Wanya Morris, defensive tackle Neil Farrell, defensive ends BJ Thompson and Felix Anudike-Uzomah and cornerback Keith Taylor.

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Dec 17, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (17) runs with the ball against the New York Jets during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Dolphins WR Jaylen Waddle (ankle) out vs. Ravens

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle will miss Sunday’s showdown with the Baltimore Ravens with an ankle injury, ESPN reported Thursday.

He sustained the injury during Miami’s Christmas Eve victory against the Dallas Cowboys and did not participate in practice on Wednesday.

Waddle, who also got poked in the eye in that contest, played only 28 snaps and caught just one pass — a 50-yard reception on Miami’s opening drive.

Waddle, 25, has 72 receptions for 1,014 yards and four touchdowns in 14 starts this season.

The 2021 first-round pick is the first player in Dolphins history with 1,000 receiving yards in three straight seasons.

The host Ravens (12-3) can clinch the No. 1 seed in the AFC with a victory Sunday afternoon against the Dolphins (11-4).

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Sep 17, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (17) reacts after his first down catch against New England Patriots cornerback Christian Gonzalez (6) in the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins WR Jaylen Waddle in concussion protocol

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle is in concussion protocol following a helmet-to-helmet hit in Sunday night’s win at New England.

Waddle had four catches for a game-high 86 yards before getting hit by Patriots rookie safety Marte Mapu with about five minutes remaining in Miami’s 24-17 win. Mapu was flagged for unnecessary roughness and Waddle went directly to the blue tent for evaluation.

Waddle, 24, will have to clear the NFL’s protocol if he wants to be on the field Sunday when the Dolphins (2-0) host the Denver Broncos (0-2).

Waddle has eight catches for 164 yards through two games. He has 187 receptions for 2,535 yards and 14 scores in 35 games (all starts) since Miami drafted him with the No. 6 overall pick in 2021.

Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel also updated the injury status for running back Salvon Ahmed and linebacker Jaelan Phillips on Monday.

Ahmed exited with a groin injury in the second quarter after rushing for 13 yards and catching three passes for 28 yards.

“It’s not an overly long situation,” McDaniel said of the timetable for Ahmed’s return.

Phillips sat out Sunday’s game after sustaining a back injury in Friday’s practice. The 2021 first-round draft pick (18th overall) was held out for precautionary reasons, McDaniel said.

“From a medical perspective, we thought it wasn’t worth the risk,” the coach said. “Long-term vision, we felt he may be at risk for a bigger issue if he would have played.”

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Aug 27, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (17) reacts from the field prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins WR Jaylen Waddle, RB Chase Edmonds limited Wed.

Wide receiver Jaylen Waddle and running back Chase Edmonds are central figures in the Miami Dolphins’ offense, but neither was healthy enough to participate in Wednesday’s practice.

However, head coach Mike McDaniel voiced extreme optimism that he’ll have both at his disposal on Sunday when Miami hosts the New England Patriots in the first game of the 2022 season.

In addition to suggesting fantasy owners start the second-year wide receiver, McDaniel said he is “very, very, very confident” that Waddle will play this week.

Waddle, the sixth overall pick in the 2021 draft, had 104 receptions last season and scored touchdowns in each of the two games against the Patriots.

Edmonds signed as an unrestricted free agent in March and is expected to be featured in the backfield. He is nursing a groin injury, McDaniel said.

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Oct 24, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (17) catches a pass from quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) during the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

WR Jaylen Waddle joins Dolphins’ growing COVID list

First-round rookie wide receiver Jaylen Waddle joined a growing list of Miami Dolphins on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday.

Waddle is unlikely to be cleared to return for Sunday’s Week 15 matchup with the New York Jets.

The Dolphins are also expected to be without the three running backs the team shut down earlier this week due to COVID protocols: Myles Gaskin, Phillip Lindsay, Salvon Ahmed.

Safety Jevon Holland, the Dolphins’ second-round pick in April, is also on COVID reserve and not expected to be back for Sunday’s game.

Waddle is second among rookies in receiving yards with 849 yards behind Ja’Marr Chase (1,035). Waddle’s 86 receptions lead the Dolphins by a significant margin and no other wide receiver has more than 30 receptions (DeVante Parker).

Waddle had eight receptions in the Nov. 21 win over the Jets (24-17), and has 26 receptions in the past three games.

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Oct 17, 2020; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (17) catches a pass after Georgia defensive back Tyson Campbell (3) fell. Waddle turned the catch into a 90 yard touchdown during the second half of Alabama's 41-24 win over Georgia at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr/The Tuscaloosa News via USA TODAY Sports

Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle game-time decision vs. Ohio State

Alabama junior wide receiver Jaylen Waddle continues to practice and will be a game-time decision for the national championship game on Monday.

Waddle is returning to the field after suffering an ankle injury on Oct. 24 against Tennessee.

Quarterback Mac Jones and wide receiver DeVonta Smith echoed the assessment of Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian in saying Waddle has looked good in practice. All three deferred to head coach Nick Saban on Waddle’s status.

Saban said Thursday there is a chance Waddle plays against Ohio State on Monday but his status is “up in the air.”

Waddle was fitted with a cast and then a walking boot due to the nature of his ankle injury, which included a sprain and fracture.

Saban said Waddle began running on a treadmill in early December, and at that point Alabama began to consider allowing Waddle to play in the postseason.

A preseason All-American, Waddle had 25 receptions for 557 yards with four touchdowns in the first four games of the season. Waddle also serves as a return specialist.

He tallied at least 120 receiving yards in each of the first four games this season.

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