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One of Miami's best defensive players may miss game vs. Patriots

Ryan Hannable
December 05, 2018 - 3:48 pm

FOXBORO -- Miami cornerback Xavien Howard has been one of the Dolphins' best defensive players this season, but he may not be on the field Sunday against the Patriots.

Coach Adam Gase announced Wednesday the corner is week-to-week with a knee injury.

“Well, his second interception he just got hit awkwardly around his knees, so you know we’re just going to kind of go through the week and see what it brings,” Gase said on a conference call with Patriots reporters Wednesday. “It’s just tough to say is he going or is he not, I’m not going to know until we get closer to the end [of the week]. I mean, if he’s not your best player he’s one of our best players and, you know, we just got to make sure that we have contingency plans for whatever this scenario calls for.”

Howard picked Tom Brady off twice in last year's meeting in South Florida, but got torched in the Week 4 matchup in New England this year.

Miami claimed former Jaguars cornerback Dee Delaney off of waivers this week, which indicates there is concern Howard will not be able to go.

If he cannot play, look for Brady to target Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon a ton in the passing game.

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