Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell said his injured ankle improved Sunday but he was awaiting results of an MRI before making predictions on when he might return.
“It’s way too early to tell,” Maxwell said of Saturday’s game at Buffalo. “We’ll know more as we get more information. I just had the MRI.”
Maxwell was not using crutches.
“It’s a little tender right now but I’m able to walk on it,” he said.
The defense didn’t miss a step after he came out. Maxwell’s departure coincided with the return of second-round pick Xavien Howard after a nine-game absence because of a knee injury. Howard was credited with three passes defensed.
“I saw a kid that wasn’t afraid of the moment,” Maxwell said. “He understood what he had to do when he got in and he was ready. When his name was called, he was ready to ball.”
Coach Adam Gase said Howard was “absolutely playing as well as I’ve ever seen him play since he has been with us.”
The other young corner, Tony Lippett, had two interceptions, two passes defensed and five tackles.
“He’s leaps and bounds better,” Maxwell said of Lippett, a converted receiver. “You can see the game starting to slow down for him. I think him having that offensive background is definitely helping him. He knows our guys running routes. He knows splits. He’s a guy that you can tell, just by talking to him in meetings, that he’s starting to understand the game and it’s starting to pick up for him.”
Lippett’s first interception was an athletic, leaping grab against Robby Anderson.
“It was kind of a great play,” Lippett said. ‘That was a great receiver. We were watching him all week. Anderson goes up and makes plays on the ball. He was getting a lot of buzz around New York.
“The last game, he kind of went up on me and caught the ball, so I kind of told myself if I get the chance to do that again, I’ve got to come down with the ball.”