DAVIE—The Dolphins appear to be taking precautions with at least two of their key players, and two others also missed today’s practice.
Miami held out running back Jay Ajayi and wide receiver Jarvis Landry today as both deal with ongoing knee concerns. Ajayi has been fighting through chronic soreness, and Landry said he woke up Friday morning with swelling.
Both players rode stationary bikes during the portion of practice open to the media as the team began preparing for Sunday’s game at the Jets. Dolphins coach Adam Gase said earlier in the day they would be cautious with Ajayi this week after giving him 28 carries Sunday against the Chargers.
Ajayi put up 122 yards (4.4 per attempt) and caught two passes for four yards. Landry caught a game-high 13 passes on his way to 78 yards.
Jordan Phillips, who hurt his ankle last weekend, also did not practice today.
“He kept trying to go back in there and take some snaps off those guys,” Gase said. “When Jordan went in, he played well. He did a good job. He did his job. It was good to see how he tried to fight through that.”
Linebacker Rey Maualuga, who would be a huge help with Lawrence Timmons currently suspended, also remained out. When the Dolphins signed him in August, he was not in playing shape. He got on the practice field two weeks ago, but tweaked his hamstring and hasn’t been able to go since.
New linebacker Stephone Anthony, who was acquired in a trade Tuesday, was dressed for today’s practice.
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