The Miami Dolphins are apparently considering another option for their second leg.
Following the hip injury that put Tommylee Lewis on the training team’s injury list, the Dolphins had five-player tries on Wednesday, according to longtime NFL reporter Aaron Wilson.
Four of the players were wide receivers, the fifth being a cornerback, and all but one have comeback experience.
That includes WR Jojo Natson, who played three games for the Browns this year; WR Darrius Shepherd, who appeared in 14 games for the Packers in 2019-2020; CB Greg Stroman, who played 20 games for Washington from 2018-2020 and served as a returner that first year; and WR De’Mornay Pierson-El, who has never played an NFL regular season game but recorded three punt returns for touchdowns as a rookie in Nebraska in 2014.
The other player who worked was wide receiver Trey Quinn, who started six games for Washington in 2019 and made 26 catches this season.
Lewis was raised from the practice squad for the Dec. 19 game against the Jets when Jevon Holland and Jaylen Waddle both sat on the COVID-19 roster and Lewis was raised again for the game against the Saints even though Holland and Waddle were back.
Holland returned to the punt return duty after Lewis was injured in the second quarter. Ironically, the last time Lewis touched the ball against the Saints was when he gained 7 yards on a shovel pass after lining up for a wide receiver.
Linebacker Brennan Scarlett was back in practice Wednesday when the Dolphins named him for his return from the IR.
Scarlett has missed the last four games after injuring her knee in the 24-17 victory over the Jets at MetLife Stadium.
Scarlett started four games as the Dolphins linebacker and had substantial playing time on special teams.
Another player designated for the return is running back Malcolm Brown, and the Dolphins will have to decide this week whether to activate him off IR or keep him on this roster for the remainder of the season.
Brown has been training for the past two weeks but the Dolphins have yet to activate him.
SQUAD PROTECTION PRACTICE
The Dolphins have waited a day later than usual to protect their practice squad due to Monday night’s game, but the list includes familiar names: DT Andrew Billings, RB Gerrid Doaks, QB Jake Luton and C Cameron Tom .
Billings has been protected every week since the Dolphins signed the former veteran fourth-round pick from the Bengals, but he’s yet to play a game; Doaks has become protected again now that he is no longer on the COVID-19 list; Luton has been protected every week since the Dolphins hired him on the practice squad; Tom was raised for the New Orleans Saints on Monday but did not play.
THIS AND THAT
– While we reported earlier the five players who were taken off the COVID-19 roster and put back on the active roster, we must add that wide receiver Lynn Bowden Jr. has also been taken off the COVID-19 roster. . Bowden is out of the year after being placed on IR before the roster was reduced to 53 players.
– Former Dolphins first-round pick Ja’Wuan James’s season officially ended Wednesday when his training period with the Baltimore Ravens. James, who suffered an Achilles tendon tear during training during the offseason, should never have played in 2021 after the injury and will remain on Baltimore’s reserve / non-football injury list.