The Miami Dolphins don't have playoff hopes at stake Sunday against the Bills, but coach Adam Gase said he intends to play whomever is healthy and that quarterback Jay Cutler will start.
Asked if his plan was for Cutler to play the entire game, Gase said, “We’ll see how the game goes. Jay hasn’t done anything to come out. There’s no reason for him to come out of the game right now.”
The game could be Cutler's last in his NFL career. He retired before this season and then signed with the Dolphins after Ryan Tannehill had a season-ending injury. Cutler said Wednesday that he hasn't decided whether he wants to continue to play football, but added that he would not return to be a backup.
The Dolphins have made a number of roster moves in the last week – offensive lineman Jermon Bushrod and tight end Julius Thomas were placed on injured reserve – and also are dealing with some injuries. The team promoted wide receiver Rashawn Scott and defensive tackle Gabe Wright from the practice squad; receiver Leonte Caroo was placed on the non-football injury list and defensive tackle Vincent Thomas was put on injured reserve.
“We’ve got to figure out who’s going to be healthy," Gase said. "We do have some guys banged up and we’ve had to make some roster moves. If we can put certain guys in the game that we haven’t played yet, that’s always great. We’ve just got to see how the week goes, who’s available and we’ll go from there.
"I’m sure all of us would like to see certain guys play that haven’t had a chance to play, but at the same time, there’s other guys that earned those spots for a reason.”
Defensive tackle Ndamuking Suh said he intends to play every snap he is asked.
"I’ve been built to play each and every snap," he said. "I pride myself on that; but if I’m requested to come out of the game, that’s part of my job. I’ve got to come out of the game. That’s kind of how I look at it. I don’t foresee it.
"I think the way we should approach this game is no different than we did in 2015, when we didn’t have an opportunity to make it to the playoffs and we went out and put a good showing against the Patriots and beat them – another division opponent. So I expect none the less for us to do that again.”