Dolphins keep sick players Damien Williams, Jakeem Grant quarantined

Jakeem Grant and Damien Williams are battling illness this week. (AP)

DAVIE–Neither player is likely to miss Monday’s game at Carolina, but Dolphins running back Damien Williams and return man Jakeem Grant have been too sick to practice this week.

Williams and Grant were held out Thursday, and coach Adam Gase wasn’t sure if either would get on the field before the team flies out Sunday. Neither has required hospitalization, but they have been quarantined in the facility to keep the unspecified illnesses from spreading.

“They both still don’t feel good,” Gase said. “I don’t know exactly what it is, but I just don’t want to put them out there if they’re dehydrated and have something else happen to make it worse than what it already is. I’ll keep checking in with the trainers. They’re keeping an eye on it.”

He joked that he wouldn’t mind bringing the players over to hang out in the media workroom.

Grant appears to be doing better than Williams at this point, and Gase was hoping he might be able to gut out practice today.

Last week was the Dolphins’ first run with Williams and Kenyan Drake at running back after trading Jay Ajayi to Philadelphia. Williams had seven carries for 14 yards, plus six catches for 47 and a touchdown, while Drake ran for 69 yards on nine carries and added 35 yards on six receptions.

Sinorise Perry is the only other running back on the roster, but Gase dismissed any thought of Williams missing the game.

Grant, who also plays wide receiver, is averaging 22.6 yards per kickoff return and six yards on punts.

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