The latest on Raekwon McMillan and Tony Lippett’s injury comebacks

Raekwon McMillan will be leaned on heavily this season. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD

DAVIE — Miami Dolphins linebacker Raekwon McMillan (knee) and cornerback Tony Lippett (Achilles) are both returning from season-ending injuries.

McMillan and Lippett both participated in individual and team drills in a practice open to the media on Wednesday.

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But it seems McMillan is a bit ahead in his recovery. Both are cleared, obviously, but Lippett may be a bit more restricted in the spring.

“Obviously they’re participating,” coach Adam Gase said Wednesday. “We’re keeping an eye on both of them. ‘Lip’ (Tony Lippett), we’re just making sure … That’s kind of a different injury for his position. There’s a lot of plant and drive and a lot of stress on the whole Achilles thing. We’re trying to be smart and be sure that he feels good and get him confident and ready to go, to where he feels like he can play at the level that he was playing at the end of the season a couple of years ago.”

The Dolphins could really use Lippett to recover strong and press starting cornerback Cordrea Tankersley. The Dolphins do not have great depth at corner, behind Tankersely and starter Xavien Howard.

The Dolphins have late-round draft choice Cornell Armstrong and undrafted corners Torry McTyer, Jalen Davis and Taveze Calhoun. In a pinch, slot corner Bobby McCain could play some outside, with rookie Minkah Fitzpatrick moving to nickel corner.

Despite never having taken a snap at linebacker, even in a preseason game, McMillan is clearly a defensive leader. He was in control on the practice field on Wednesday.

And Gase seems to have little concern about McMillan’s health.

“Raekwon, I feel like we’re in a good spot with him right now,” Gase said. “I still think we’re all just kind of watching. Those defensive players are probably a little less protected. Ryan (Tannehill) is in a different spot to where nobody was really going to come around him as much. Those (linebackers) are kind of getting tangled up with bodies quite a bit. We’ll just keep an eye on it, but we feel good with where they’re at right now.”

So McMillan is pretty much full-go?

“I’d say Tony we’re probably a little more limited,” Gase said. “Raekwon, I don’t know if he’s letting us allow him to be limited.”

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