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Dolphins’ DeVante Parker Hoping to Play on Sunday

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Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker is “itching to play” on Sunday, hoping that he can make his season debut when the Dolphins take on the New York Jets, according to ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe.

Parker was listed as a full participant in Dolphins practice Thursday for the first time since he broke the middle finger on his right hand back on August 12th. Parker stated that his finger “bent the other direction” as it got caught in a pair of shoulder pads while attempting to haul in a pass.

Parker, who is sporting a pad on his hand during practice, said that he is not feeling any pain nor does he have to catch the ball differently.

“He seems fine,” Dolphins head coach Adam Gase said. “He’s itching to play. We went through today, got him involved in team reps. Now, it’s just me going to ask Kyle [Johnston, Dolphins head trainer] what the reaction was. He hasn’t complained about anything. He’s been aggressive to get out there and catch as many balls as possible. Running wise, he’s good. He’s good.”

“I know when he tells me that, he’s ready to go and he wants to go,” Gase said. “When he’s that emphatic about it, that’s a good sign for us.”

Gase believes that this is a “start over” for Parker.

“He’s about a foot taller than everybody else” Gase said of Parker’s skillset. “He’s a big guy that has really good long speed and has good quickness in and out of his breaks. He has an unusual skill set for a guy that size. The times that have been really good with him in games, he can make some freakish plays. It’ll be good to kind of get him going again. Really, it’s a start-over for him. Whatever happened before he was injured, it’s really behind him.”

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Bengals Place Tyler Kroft On IR

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The Cincinnati Bengals have placed tight end Tyler Kroft on injured reserve, effectively ending his season, as he will be unable to return from a broken bone in his foot, as the team had hoped, according to ESPN’s Katherine Terrell.

In a corresponding move, the Bengals promoted linebacker Brandon Bell off of their practice squad to fill the roster spot made available when Kroft was sent to IR.

Kroft, who is in a contract year, is expected to be healthy in time for free agency in the spring.

Kroft hauled in 42 passes for 404 yards and seven touchdowns while filling in for Tyler Eifert in the 2017 season.

 

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Broncos’ Max Garcia Suffers Torn ACL

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Denver Broncos guard Max Garcia will miss the rest of the regular season after he suffered a torn ACL, according to 9News’ Mike Klis.

At the time of this report there were no details available pertaining to how or when Garcia tore his ACL, but the assumption is that he suffered the season ending injury sometime during practice this week.

Garcia complained of discomfort in his knee following practice on Thursday and an MRI revealed the ACL injury.

Garcia, 27, took over starting duties when Ronald Leary went down with injury.

 

 

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Ravens Designate Kenneth Dixon For Return

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The Baltimore Ravens have designated running back Kenneth Dixon for return from the injured reserve and he officially returned to practice on Friday, according to an official team announcement.

Dixon was initially placed on injured reserve back in early September after he suffered a knee injury during Week 1 action, but the team expected that he would be able to return to action later in the season.

While on injured reserve, Dixon served a six game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

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