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Dolphins Give Official Status Updates on Key Injured Players Before Week 4

Tyler Maher
The Miami Dolphins are dealing with a number of injuries heading into Week 4.
The Miami Dolphins are dealing with a number of injuries heading into Week 4. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Miami Dolphins are one of just two NFL team to remain undefeated thus far, but that may prove difficult in Week 4 given the number of injuries they're dealing with.

Several key Dolphins are listed as questionable for the team's Thursday Night Football matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals, including quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (back/ankle), wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (groin) and cornerback Xavien Howard (groin/glute).

Miami Dolphins Injury Updates

Obviously, the biggest name here is Tagovailoa, who briefly left Sunday's win over the Buffalo Bills with a controversial back injury. While he returned to the game led Miami to a 21-19 victory, Tagovailoa is still dealing with the injury and may not be able to suit up on Thursday as a result. Teddy Bridgewater will start in his place if he's unable to go.

Tagovailoa isn't the only notable Miami player in danger of missing Thursday's primetime contest. Waddle leads the team in receiving yards (342) and touchdowns (3), forming a devastating 1-2 punch with fellow wideout Tyreek Hill. If Waddle can't play, that will make it harder for the Dolphins to move the ball downfield, regardless of who's under center.

The offense may struggle without left tackle Terron Armstead as well, who's questionable with a toe injury. The three-time Pro Bowler has been a key cog on the offensive line, playing in 99% of offensive snaps thus far and helping provide protection for Tagovailoa and Miami's running backs.

Meanwhile, the defense would be affected without Howard, who's one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL. The three-time Pro Bowler has been a lynchpin of the Dolphins' defense since 2016 and led the league in interceptions two years ago.

Dolphins vs Bengals Week 4 Odds

It looks like Miami might be shorthanded against the defending AFC Conference champions on Thursday. Even if the aforementioned stars play, they may be limited or unable to perform up to their true ability.

As such, it's not surprising to see the Dolphins listed as 3.5-point road underdogs on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds. That spread could shift considerably before kickoff if several players are ruled out on Thursday, so make sure to keep an eye on the lines before placing any bets.

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