Miami Dolphins may dust off benched Mario Williams for his first playoff game

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) outruns Miami Dolphins defensive end Mario Williams (94) for a long gain during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium on October 9, 2016.  (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota outruns Miami Dolphins defensive end Mario Williams for a long gain during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

DAVIE — The Miami Dolphins benched veteran Mario Williams last week.

This week, they’re considering dressing the former first overall draft pick, who has never appeared in a playoff game, at Pittsburgh on Sunday.

“It’s in consideration,” defensive coordinator Vance Joseph said Thursday. “We want all healthy bodies up. You’re in Week 18. Lots of guys are beat up. The healthier bodies that have been ready to go, they have to go and help us win.”

What’s interesting is that Williams has suggested he hasn’t been healthy all year.

Anyhow, all agree Williams has been a disappointing free-agent signing. Williams has 1.5 sacks and 13 tackles in 13 games, including 5 starts.

Dolphins coach Adam Gase said he played Terrence Fede over Williams last Sunday because Fede was playing well and contributing on special teams.

“It’s nothing against Mario,” Gase said.

The Dolphins tried earlier in the season to motivate Williams, 31, by calling him out publicly and reducing his playing time, but it didn’t work. Williams appears unmotivated but he might also just be a physical shell of his former Pro Bowl self.

Williams is not expected to see the second year of his Dolphins contract (two years, $17 million) and so surely he wants a chance to play on Sunday at Pittsburgh.

“Obviously Mario has never been in a playoff game,” Joseph said. “I was in Houston with Mario and he was hurt for that game, but obviously he’s like Cam (Wake). You get one shot at this thing. It may not happen again. So Mario has to, if he’s up, play well and play hard for us; and he wants to.”

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