LONDON—It’s been a strange week of practice for Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills as he works through a right hand injury. In an effort to put minimal strain on the hand, he hasn’t been catching footballs.
The majority of Stills’ work has been running routes with the quarterback pretending to throw a ball to him. He also spent one part of practice early in the week catching what appeared to be tennis balls on his routes.
“He seems to be good,” coach Adam Gase said this afternoon. “We were just being a little precautionary this week. He played and finished the last game. I know it wasn’t easy for him, but we just thought if we could take a few shots at catching balls off of him, that was really the main priority, and he did it. He ran a ton of routes, and we just didn’t throw any balls at him.”
Stills appeared to hurt his hand in the Jets game, but neither he nor the team has specified exactly what the injury is or how it happened. Stills declined to discuss it today, in advance of Sunday’s game against the Saints, beyond saying, “My hand’s fine. My hand is good to go.”
Gase did not make it clear whether Stills caught zero passes this week or just a very limited number, but the point remains that he’s been held back from doing his normal workload. The Dolphins listed him as a partial participant in practice Wednesday and Thursday, and he was on the field for today’s walk-through at Allianz Park in London.
Stills had two catches for 37 yards in the opener, then four for 51 last week against New York.
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