Miami Dolphins S Isa Abdul-Quddus’ injury lingers

Miami Dolphins strong safety Isa Abdul-Quddus (24) puts a hit on New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) after a pitchout in the first quarter at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on November 6, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Miami Dolphins strong safety Isa Abdul-Quddus puts a hit on New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick at Hard Rock Stadium (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

INDIANAPOLIS — Miami Dolphins safety Isa Abdul-Quddus said in December that despite a neck/shoulder injury, he would play again.

More than two months later, the Dolphins aren’t saying that definitively.

When asked directly on Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine if Abdul-Quddus’ injury may be career-threatening, Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said: “You know, right now, they’re still trying to work through it. It was a significant shoulder injury that he had. And so right now we’re just still dealing with the doctors, working through it.”

Later, Miami coach Adam Gase said Abdul-Quddus’ injury was worse than initially feared. In late December, Abdul-Quddus said that he had stretched a nerve in his neck.

“We’re still going through a lot of these tests,” Gase said Thursday following a NFL Scouting Combine media availability. “It was a little more than what we thought. So we’re trying to go through the tests and make sure we have the correct answers for him. He’s heavily involved in what we’re doing so we’re still a little bit aways from an answer.”

At the time of the injury, Abdul-Quddus is second on the Dolphins with 77 tackles and tied for second with two interceptions.

When Miami’s starting safety went down, cornerback Byron Maxwell called Abdul-Quddus a “general” and “enforcer.”

With obvious needs at defensive end and linebacker, the seriousness of Abdul-Quddus’ injury could force the Dolphins to look at safeties in free agency and the draft.

“Isa is doing good,” Grier said. “He’s going through the rehab process. He’s a great kid. Right now he’s just still working, working with our doctors. So we’ll just see what happens here over the next couple of months.”

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