EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.–The Dolphins got rookie cornerback Xavien Howard back just in time.
Miami coach Adam Gase said he was concerned about overusing Howard in his first game back from a knee injury, but ended up needing him when Byron Maxwell went down in the first half of Saturday’s 34-13 win at the Jets. Howard filled his spot the entire second half with no issues.
“My knee felt good,” he said. “Cold weather’s not a problem, just getting back to it and just playing.”
Howard was a starter early in the year, but missed nine games because of a knee injury. During that time, Byron Maxwell turned his season around and Tony Lippett proved himself as a reliable starter. If Maxwell can get back this week, the Dolphins are better stocked at cornerback than anyone expected.
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