DAVIE — The Miami Dolphins are hoping wide receiver DeVante Parker (back) can play but they are preparing to play without him.
If Parker, who did not practice Wednesday, is able to play Sunday at Baltimore, it could be a last hour clearance and it would be considered a “bonus” according to offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen.
The promotion of Rashawn Scott from the practice squad to the active roster was the first sign that Parker’s availablility was in serious doubt.
Head coach Adam Gase was asked what adjustments would have to be made.
“I don’t see there being too much, because we are pretty flexible as far as what we can do,” Gase said. “A lot of times, the things that we do are based off of what the defense does as far as our game planning goes. We’re able to move pieces around pretty easy.”
Here is some more of what Christensen said Thursday:
• Ryan Tannehill has protected the football. Hasn’t put the defense in a poor position.
• Miami expects defenses to try to load up to stop the run moving forward. People still want to stop Jay Ajayi first.
• It’s Miami’s ninth top five defense. I thought there were only five top five defenses.
• For years, Baltimore’s defense just plugs guys in. They look the same. They play the same. They draft the same. It’s not by accident. It’s by design.
• Sam Young played pretty darn good. He functioned efficiently. He drew some tough guys. It wasn’t a negative factor. He wasn’t a huge factor in the game positive or negative.
• Center Anthony Steen has improved. Tough situation on the road against a tough opponent this week.
• Adam Gase wants to see Ryan Tannehill turn into him. More swagger. He’s injected some swashbuckling into him. He’s done a good job of getting it out quickly. Tannehill believes in what Gase is going to call. The quarterback and playcaller have to be attached at the hip.
• Rashawn Scott has earned his chance to get a look at wide receiver. At some point, his time was going to come. He’ll step in and do a good job. He’s been extremely impressive in practice. He’s learned. He’s stayed up with the material. Catches the ball well. Smart guy. Runs well.
• There are no rookies anymore. Laremy Tunsil, Kenyan Drake, Leonte Carroo and Jakeem Grant need to be a factor down the stretch.