What Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase said Thursday (Chiefs week)

Dolphins coach Adam Gase is still hoping for 8-8. (AP)

DAVIE–The end of the year matters to the Dolphins, no matter how slim their shot at making the playoffs.

An 8-8 finish would still be an accomplishment considering they endured a five-game losing streak and various other misfortunes this year. It’d also keep Adam Gase over .500 for his career at 16-15.

Here are Gase’s updates before today’s practice:

–He expects wide receiver DeVante Parker to play Sunday at Kansas City. Parker got his ankle “rolled up on” in the Buffalo game and missed Wednesday’s practice.

–Running back Damien Williams (shoulder) practiced yesterday and looked OK, not great. Gase said he looks comfortable in some maneuvers, but not others, and the team remains uncertain whether it’ll have him Sunday.

–Gase’s concerns about left tackle Laremy Tunsil aren’t about his toughness or dedication. The issue is inconsistency in quality of play and adherence to assignments.

–The Dolphins activated offensive tackle Eric Smith because of the injuries on the line. Gase believes he’s ready for game activity.

–Jakeem Grant continues to push for a role in the offense. Gase said they’ve been high on him as a receiver all year, but it took some changes in the offense to make room for him. He’s been working a lot in four-receiver sets lately.

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