Notes, Quotes

The Sports Xchange

October 25, 2018 at 12:12 am.

–Wide receiver Danny Amendola was limited in practice this week due to a shoulder injury, but he is expected to play against Houston. Amendola, who turns 33 next week, has yet to miss a game this season. The Dolphins have managed his workload during the practice week, giving him certain days off to keep him – as an older player – fresh. The plan appears to be working as Amendola had his best game of the season last week with six catches for 84 yards and one outstanding TD grab. It was his first touchdown as a member of the Dolphins.

–Versatile defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, a rookie first-rounder who played his college ball at Alabama, is set to once again face Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, who is from Clemson. Fitzpatrick said Watson is the best quarterback he faced in college: “Clemson and Alabama, two great programs the past couple years,” Fitzpatrick said. “So there’s a little bit of a rivalry in the air.”

Fitzpatrick on the short week and a Thursday night game: “You have to watch a whole lot of film because we are not practicing a lot. We’re doing more walk-throughs. It’s more mental than physical.”

–Dolphins quarterback Brock Osweiler on facing one of his former teams, the Texans: “No emotion. This really is just another game, but it’s the most important one because it’s the next one.”

–Wide receiver DeVante Parker should get a major opportunity against Houston. With starters Albert Wilson and Kenny Stills out due to injuries, this should be Parker’s third game of the season. This past Sunday, Parker – Miami’s first-round pick in 2015 – was a healthy scratch. Parker’s agent blasted Dolphins head coach Adam Gase for the decision. However, Parker distanced himself from those comments. Gase appears ready to give Parker playing time. This could be make-or-break time for Parker.

–Cornerback Bobby McCain (knee) returned to action last week after missing two games due to a knee injury. McCain has 24 starts and four interceptions in his four-year Dolphins career. This season, he has five starts and one interception, and he has been Miami’s second-best cornerback behind Xavien Howard.

–Defensive end Cam Wake (knee) returned to action last week after missing two games due to a knee injury. Wake, 36, is off to a slow start this season with just one sack and one tackle for loss. Last season, he had 12 tackles for losses and 10.5 sacks.

BY THE NUMBERS: 7.1 — That’s how many yards per rush the Dolphins defense allowed last Sunday against the Detroit Lions. The Lions rushed 35 times for 248 yards.