MIAMI GARDENS–The Dolphins didn’t have their No. 1 cornerback for the regular-season finale and it doesn’t seem like they’ll get him back soon.
Byron Maxwell injured his ankle in the Dec. 17 game at the Jets and hasn’t practiced since. There was never much thought that he’d play against the Patriots this afternoon — “No, I was just chilling today,” he said — and it’s hard to predict his availability for next weekend’s playoff game at Pittsburgh.
“I don’t know yet,” Maxwell said. “Certain days it feels good, certain days it don’t.”
Maxwell hasn’t run full speed on it yet and is unable to turn, cut or plant on the injured foot.
After a rough start to the season, Maxwell finished the year ranked by Pro Football Focus as the No. 12 cornerback in the league. The Dolphins have been starting Tony Lippett and rookie Xavien Howard at corner since Maxwell went down.
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