Miami Dolphins linebacker Shaq Lawson, who has been a handy piece in the group’s enhanced defense this season, did not accompany group to Las Vegas on Friday night and was eliminated for Saturday’s against the Raiders.

Lawson was restricted in practice all week with a shoulder issue. The group did not suggest when Lawson sustained the injury; he played 30 of 55 protective snaps versus New England last Sunday.

Lawson started Miami’s very first four video games however has begun only 3 games ever since however has actually continued to receive significant playing time. He has 32 deals with, 4 sacks and 18 quarterback hits.

His absence could imply increased snaps for linebackers Andrew Van Ginkel and Elandon Roberts or perhaps novice defensive lineman Jason Strowbridge.

On the other hand, the opportunities of receivers DeVante Parker and Jakeem Grant – and tight end Mike Gesicki – playing against the Raiders increased on Friday because all 3 accompanied the team to Las Vegas and since the team did not utilize the NFL’s practice squad “elevation” mechanism, or openings on the 53-man lineup, to add a tight end or receiver to the lineup.

Brian Flores said all three of those players were close to playing last Sunday however none did due to the fact that of injuries. All are listed as questionable for the Raiders video game.

Rather of adding practice squad gamer Chris Myarick to the 53-man roster, Miami chose to keep three tight ends on the 53: Gesicki, Durham Smythe and Adam Shaheen. Gesicki missed last Sunday’s video game with a shoulder injury and was restricted all week.

The Dolphins have just 4 totally healthy receivers readily available Saturday: Lynn Bowden Jr., Mack Hollins, Malcolm Perry and Isaiah Ford, who was “elevated” from the practice squad previously today.

Due to the fact that Miami did not elevate another receiver from the practice squad, that might indicate the return of Parker and/or Grant for the Raiders video game. Both players have been dealing with hamstring injuries and were minimal practice participants all week.

Guard Ereck Flowers, who has been handling an ankle injury, likewise accompanied the team to Las Vegas. He’s listed as doubtful for Saturday’s video game.

Guard Solomon Kindley previously was dismissed for Saturday due to the fact that of a knee injury.

Running back Myles Gaskin, who came off the COVID-19 list this week, also took a trip with the group and is readily available for play on Saturday. For the first time in December, Miami will have all 5 of its running backs offered for this weekend’s video game.

Receiver Preston Williams and defensive deal with Davon Godchaux remain on hurt reserve and haven’t experimented the team in lots of weeks.