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Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake cleared the league concussion protocol Tuesday, his 2nd straight day back on the practice field. We'll watch for any setbacks, but Drake's fine to continue treating as you have been in fantasy football drafts.

QB Jay Cutler made his debut with the Dolphins Thursday night against the Ravens and appeared to be developing a connection with WR DeVante Parker. Cutler targeted Parker 4 times among 7 total pass attempts, including a 31-yard connection negated by holding. The duo connected on just 1 of their other 3 looks, a 16-yard completion. Cutler also targeted RB Jay Ajayi, WR Jarvis Landry and RB Damien Williams once apiece. After the game, Cutler called Parker a "faster Alshon [Jeffery]," referring to the WR he played with in Chicago -- and peppered with targets in their most recent work together. It's early, but we'll be watching this duo in the "dress rehearsal" Week 3 of the preseason. Parker's current mid-Round 7 ADP makes him a potential upside play in fantasy football drafts.

Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake is in the concussion protocol. He took a shot while running a pass pattern in practice on Monday. Prior to the injury, Drake was competing with Damien Williams for Miami’s #2 role.

Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi is out of the concussion protocol, HC Adam Gase announced on Sunday. The concussion is worth filing away in case he sustains another, but it's a non-factor for his 2017 fantasy value now. Ajayi is safe to draft starting near the end of the 1st round.

Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi (concussion) was back participating in individual drills on Sunday, according to the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero. Ajayi remains in the concussion protocol, Salguero notes, but he's moving in the right direction again after possibly suffering a setback. There's still no reason to believe that Ajayi won't be fully cleared ahead of Week 1, but we'll continue to track the situation.

Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi (concussion) did not practice on Saturday after taking part in individual drills earlier this week. "That likely means he suffered a setback in stage 3 of the concussion protocol program," the Sun-Sentinel's Omar Kelly tweeted. It's more of an educated guess than a report from Kelly, but it's certainly concerning that Ajayi still hasn't been cleared nearly 2 weeks after sustaining the concussion. We'll continue keeping a close eye on him, but we're not moving him down the RB Rankings just yet.

Dolphins MLB Raekwon McMillan tore the ACL in his right knee in Thursday night's preseason opener against the Falcons. That takes away a rookie Miami planned to start in the middle this season. According to The Miami Herald, Mike Hull is the next guy up in McMillan's spot. The rookie's injury will only make it easier for OLBs Kiko Alonso and Lawrence Timmons to stay on the field in all defensive packages. The Dolphins reportedly don't plan to move Alonso back to the middle, where he started last year. We'll see if that changes through the preseason, though.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill has decided to have surgery to repair his left ACL. He partially tore that ligament last December but passed on surgery in the offseason. Then he re-injured the knee in practice earlier this month. Miami, of course, planned for this outcome by signing QB Jay Cutler. The Dolphins will have a decision to make next offseason, with much smaller dead-cap figures on Tannehill's contract in 2018 and 2019 should they decide to cut him -- vs. cap hits of $19.8 million and up over the final 3 years.

Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry is currently under investigation for battery. The alleged incident involved his girlfriend and occurred back in March. The victim has reportedly absolved Landry of any violence, but the police have continued to look into it. No charges have been filed at this time. Even if they aren't, though, the NFL could decide to take action. Stay tuned.

The Dolphins have coaxed QB Jay Cutler out of retirement with a 1-year, $10 million deal, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The move is a sure sign that the team has elected to have QB Ryan Tannehill undergo season-ending surgery on his ACL. Cutler's 2016 season ended with a torn labrum, and he finished with a 59.1% completion rate, 4 TDs and 5 INTs in 5 appearances. The year prior, though, he connected on 64.4% of his attempts with 21 TDs and 11 INTs. That season came under OC Adam Gase, who is now HC of the Dolphins. That experience in the offense will help Cutler get ready with Week 1 just 5 weeks away. Cutler will be piloting a run-heavy offense and is no more than a lower-end QB2 in fantasy. But he'll keep this offense on schedule. We're not moving any Miami skill-position players down the rankings.

As we continue to await Miami's decision on whether to have QB Ryan Tannehill undergo surgery on his left knee, we've at least learned the best possible case for the former 1st-round pick. According to ESPN's Jeff Darlington, the non-surgical option is to have Tannehill rest for 6-8 weeks. The regular season kicks off in a little more than 5 weeks, so consider Tannehill a long shot to play in the opener. He'll likely miss at least the first 2-3 games. And, of course, it's still possible he's done for the year. Tannehill is undraftable right now.

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill isn't out of the woods yet. While he avoided new ligament damage to his left knee, the Fins still believe the MRI results showed a "setback," according to ESPN's Jeff Darlington. The team must now decide whether Tannehill should undergo surgery to completely repair the ACL that he partially tore last December. "Such a scenario probably would end his season, and team sources say that scenario remains on the table," Darlington writes. With his status in limbo, Tannehill needs to be removed from cheat sheets.

NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala reports that tests revealed no structural damage to Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill's knee. He's merely dealing with a hyperextension. Tannehill still figures to miss some time, but he should be ready for Week 1. It's extremely good news after what looked like a potentially serious injury this morning. Tannehill remains a low-upside QB2, but his availability is good news for Miami's skill-position guys.

The Dolphins are still awaiting the MRI results on QB Ryan Tannehill's re-injured left knee. But a source tells the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero that the teams knows Tannehill hyperextended the knee. Salguero's original report said that there was a possibility he suffered PCL damage, but that's now been ruled out. We still don't know if there's damage to the ACL that Tannehill partially tore last year. Stay tuned.

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill re-injured his left knee on a non-contact play in Thursday's training-camp practice. That's the knee in which he partially tore his ACL last December. ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms that the team is "concerned" about Tannehill's injury. We should learn more over the next 24 hours. Tannehill is no more than a QB2 in fantasy football, but his loss would hurt WRs Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills. Matt Moore is Miami's backup.

Dolphins S Reshad Jones is coming off the non-football injury list and joining his team on the practice field Wednesday, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. Jones began camp on the NFI because of a calf strain suffered while working out away from the team. It was never believed to be a big issue, but his return before the preseason games even start is welcome. Jones, of course, is also coming off a rotator cuff tear that cost him the final 10 games of last year.

Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi sustained a concussion in Monday's practice, according to the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero, and will miss "at least" a week. It's the 1st known concussion for Ajayi. He should be cleared in plenty of time for the start of the regular season, which is still more than 5 weeks away. We're not moving Ajayi in the RB Rankings, but we'll keep an eye on him -- and file this away if he suffers another concussion at some point.

Dolphins S Reshad Jones has yet to take the field in training camp because of a minor calf issue, the Miami Herald reports. The team placed Jones on the non-football injury list last week, but HC Adam Gase didn't reveal until Monday what Jones' injury was. He reportedly tweaked the muscle while working out away from the team and isn't expected to miss much time. We'd still like to see Jones take the field soon to prove he's all the way back from the shoulder injury that ended his 2016 season 10 games early.

Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi left practice Monday to be evaluated for a potential concussion, ESPN's James Walker reports. HC Adam Gase said the team would have an update later in the afternoon. We'll keep an eye out for further info.

Dolphins HC Adam Gase called RB Jay Ajayi his team's "top 3rd-down guy." There's been talk this offseason of Ajayi's passing game role increasing -- including OC Clyde Christensen claiming he's "200%" better as a receiver -- but this is the 1st time we've heard it from Gase. Ajayi totaled just 27 catches for 151 yards in last year's breakout campaign. But he showed pass-catching chops in college with 50 grabs in his final season at Boise State. There's 40+ catch upside here if Miami lets him stay on the field in passing situations.

 
 
 

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