Dolphins Preview Capsule
MIAMI DOLPHINS (6-10)
New faces: S Minkah Fitzpatrick, G Josh Sitton, DE Robert Quinn, WR Danny Amendola, WR Albert Wilson, C Daniel Kilgore, TE Mike Gesicki, RB Frank Gore, RB Kalen Ballage, QB Brock Osweiler, DT Kendall Langford.
Key losses: DT Ndamukong Suh, WR Jarvis Landry, C Mike Pouncey, G Jermon Bushrod, K Cody Parkey, QB Jay Cutler, QB Matt Moore, TE Julius Thomas, LB Lawrence Timmons.
Ndamukong Suh, Julius Thomas released by Dolphins
MIAMI (AP) — Five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh officially was released Wednesday by the Miami Dolphins at the start of free agency, and the team made official the trades to acquire defensive end Robert Quinn and send Jarvis Landry to the Cleveland Browns.
Miami also announced the release of tight end Julius Thomas, which had been expected. The Dolphins decided to keep right tackle Ja'Wuan James, which guarantees him $9.34 million in 2018.
Dolphins TE Thomas and G Bushrod placed on injured reserve
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins tight end Julius Thomas and guard Jermon Bushrod have been placed on injured reserve and will miss the final two games.
Tight end Thomas Duarte was activated Wednesday from the practice squad, and tackle Eric Smith was activated from injured reserve.
Thomas hurt his foot in last week's loss at Buffalo. Bushrod missed the past four games because of a foot injury after starting the first 10 games.
Kenny Stills, two Miami Dolphins teammates kneel for anthem during Monday Night Football
MIAMI GARDENS–Three Miami Dolphins players continued their season-long demonstration by kneeling during the national anthem for tonight’s nationally televised game against the Patriots.
About 18 players protest during national anthem
Associated Press journalists counted 18 NFL players protesting during the national anthem before games on Sunday.
Miami Dolphins players Julius Thomas, Michael Thomas and Kenny Stills knelt during the anthem before Sunday night's game against the Raiders.
Before recent games, the three players waited in the tunnel during the anthem. Coach Adam Gase had established a team rule requiring players either to stand for the anthem or stay in the tunnel.
Josh Norman among players to speak with NFL owners about anthem protest
Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman will be one of 12 players Tuesday to speak with NFL owners on the league's stance regarding the national anthem and player protests.
Norman was spotted Tuesday in New York ahead of the league's fall meetings.
A list of participants for today's anthem meetings at the @NFL Headquarters pic.twitter.com/NOlx1z2M6i Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 17, 2017
Stills surprised to be joined by Goodell for police visit
MIAMI (AP) — Miami Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills says he was pleasantly surprised to be joined by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for visits with police and youngsters in an effort to build better community relations.
"It was nice for him to take some time out of his day to make it and see what we're doing," Stills said Wednesday.
Saints kneel before, not during, anthem as NFL Week 4 begins
New Orleans Saints players, coaches and staff knelt before the start of the national anthem but stood in unison once it began ahead of their game against the Miami Dolphins at London's Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
A week ago, demonstrations were organized across the NFL in response to President Donald Trump's criticism of players who kneel during the national anthem. The Jacksonville Jaguars' Shad Khan was the first owner to join his players before the game, standing arm-in-arm with them.
Colin Kaepernick first knelt during the national anthem on September 1st, 2016.
In the nearly 13 months since the former NFL quarterback took a stand by taking a knee, tight end Julius Thomas had never followed suit -- until Sunday. So, what changed?
FANTASY PLAYS: Taking stock of hurt tight ends, others in W3
Week 2 was tough on tight ends in fantasy football as five big names suffered injuries — none bigger than Greg Olsen of the Panthers breaking his right foot.
Olsen is expected to miss about six to eight weeks after having surgery on Monday. Rob Gronkowski (groin), Jordan Reed (chest), Jimmy Graham (ankle) and Tyler Eifert (back/knee) are all questionable to play this week.
Jaguars Preview Capsule
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (3-13)
New faces: CB A.J. Bouye, DE Calais Campbell, SS Barry Church, RB Leonard Fournette, LT Cam Robinson.
Key losses: CB Prince Amukamara, LT Kelvin Beachum, SS Johnathan Cyprien, DT Sen'Derrick Marks, DT Roy Miller, TE Julius Thomas.
Dolphins Preview Capsule
MIAMI DOLPHINS (10-7)
New faces: QB Jay Cutler, TE Julius Thomas, LB Lawrence Timmons, TE Anthony Fasano, first-round pick DE Charles Harris, DE William Hayes, S Nate Allen, S T.J. McDonald.
Key losses: Defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, LT Branden Albert, TE Dion Sims, S Isa Abdul-Quddus, TE Jordan Cameron, DE Mario Williams, DT Earl Mitchell.
MIAMI (AP) — Tight end Julius Thomas envisions himself as the new bass drum for the Miami Dolphins, which should sound good to coach Adam Gase, because his offense could use more punch.
Thomas said Monday he's excited to be reunited with Gase as a result of a trade last week with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Thomas knows Gase's offense well after catching 24 touchdown passes in 2013-14 when both were with the Denver Broncos.
Dolphins safety Jones signs $60M extension
MIAMI (AP) — Miami Dolphins safety Reshad Jones signed a $60 million, five-year contract extension Thursday, watched the team's flurry of moves at the start of free agency and said he's glad to be staying around.
"I think our ceiling is very high," Jones said. "We're building something special here."
AP source: Tight end Thomas passes physical with Dolphins
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that tight end Julius Thomas has passed his physical with the Miami Dolphins in a precursor to a trade that will be completed next month.
The person says Thomas took the physical as part of a two-day visit to the team's headquarters. The person spoke to the AP on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because no trade can be completed before the new league year begins on March 9.
Jaguars place TE Thomas, DE Odrick on injured reserve
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed tight end Julius Thomas and defensive end Jared Odrick on injured reserve, ending their seasons.
Thomas missed the past two games with a back injury. He finishes the season with 30 catches for 281 yards and four touchdowns. He will end up sitting out 11 games in two years since signing a five-year, $46 million contract that included $24 million guaranteed with the Jaguars (2-10).
Jaguars WR Hurns, TE Thomas ruled out, won’t play vs Vikings
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without receiver Allen Hurns and tight end Julius Thomas again Sunday against Minnesota.
Coach Gus Bradley ruled out Hurns (hamstring) and Thomas (back) on Friday as well as running back Denard Robinson (ankle), defensive end Jared Odrick (shoulder) and safety Peyton Thompson (ankle).
Jaguars rule out RB Ivory, WR Hurns; TE Thomas doubtful
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without two offensive starters Sunday against Denver and maybe a third.
Coach Gus Bradley ruled out running back Chris Ivory (hamstring) and receiver Allen Hurns (hamstring) on Friday. He also listed tight end Julius Thomas (back) as doubtful to play against the defending Super Bowl champion Broncos (7-4).
Jaguars rule out TE Julius Thomas for Sunday’s game at Bills
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas won't play Sunday at Buffalo because of a back injury.
Coach Gus Bradley ruled out Thomas on Friday. It will be the second game Thomas has missed this season and his sixth in two seasons with Jacksonville. The Jaguars (2-8) placed fellow tight end Marcedes Lewis (calf) on injured reserve earlier in the week, leaving Ben Koyack and Neal Sterling to handle the workload at Buffalo (5-5).
Jaguars’ Bortles ‘threw pretty well’ despite sore shoulder
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley says quarterback Blake Bortles "threw pretty well" in practice Wednesday despite a sore right shoulder.
Bortles adds that he got treatment and will "be good to go" when the Jaguars (2-8) play at Buffalo (5-5) on Sunday.