Dolphins’ defensive workhorses: Reshad Jones, Kiko Alonso, Ndamukong Suh

Ndamukong Suh remains at the top of the NFL when it comes to defensive tackles. (Bill Ingram/The Post)

Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh refuses to put parameters on what he considers his prime and, after another strong year in 2017, it looks like he’s still going to be near the top of his profession for a while.

Suh, who plays arguably the most physically demanding position on the field and does so while regularly facing multiple blockers, was fourth on the team with 83.8 percent of the defensive snaps this season according to Pro Football Reference’s tracking. He’s played between 83-86 percent all three years for the Dolphins, showing no dropoff from the 81-86 percent of the snaps he took his last three seasons in Detroit.

“I’ve been built to play each and every snap,” said Suh, who did so in the win over New England this year. “I pride myself on that.”

Second-year cornerback Xavien Howard led the team in defensive playing time this year and was on the field 97.2 percent of the snaps. That’s a big jump from his rookie year, when he missed more than half the season due to injury.

Linebacker Kiko Alonso led the team at 91.1 percent in 2016 and followed it by playing 96.4 percent of the snaps this season.

Pro Bowl safety Reshad Jones was second to Howard, which was a significant milestone after being derailed by a rotator cuff injury last season. He played 97.1 percent of the defensive plays, matching the 97 percent he was at when he was healthy in 2015.

“It was a long offseason, a lot of hard work and dedication,” Jones said. “I had to sacrifice a lot. It means a lot knowing my shoulder held up a full season. I played well. I made a lot of plays for this team.”

He’s led Miami in tackles and made the Pro Bowl in each of his last two healthy seasons.

Cameron Wake got some additional validation for his comeback from an even tougher injury and cashed in on a $1 million contract incentive by playing at least 55 percent of the defensive snaps. He had that pretty much wrapped up before the season finale and finished at 58.3.

He played 51 of 79 snaps in the game at Kansas City when Miami was fighting desperately to stay alive in the playoff chase.

Wake topped 50 percent last year, too, despite coming off the bench the first five games. In two seasons since the ruptured Achilles tendon that threatened his career, he has been on the field for all 32 games, played 1,199 snaps, gotten 65 tackles, 22 sacks and five forced fumbles.

The reverse happened with Andre Branch, who looked good in 2016 with 4.5 sacks and earned a three-year, $24 million contract in the offseason. His playing time dropped from 67.1 last year to 53.6 percent largely because he struggled with injuries for at least half the season. If Branch, 28, comes back healthy next season, there’s good cause to believe he’ll rebound.

“It’s tough because you’re limited, and people don’t see that,” he said. “They just want things to be done and they have no clue what you’re going through. But at the end of the day, it’s a part of football. It’s a very brutal sport, and you’ve gotta battle through injuries.”

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