Dolphins injury update: CB Xavien Howard in, Byron Maxwell out

Xavien Howard is full go. (Bill Ingram/The Post)

Xavien Howard is full go. (Bill Ingram/The Post)

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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