Wide receiver Deonte Thompson did not practice Friday for the Buffalo Bills and is listed as questionable on the final injury report heading into Sunday’s season finale against the Miami Dolphins.
Thompson left Thursday’s practice with a shoulder injury. Coach Sean McDermott called it a “game-time decision” about whether the receiver would be able to face Miami. Thompson had led all Bills receivers in snaps over the last three weeks, and is coming off a four-catch, 91-yard game against New England in Week 16.
There is good news at receiver for the Bills, though. Kelvin Benjamin was not included on the team’s final injury report, meaning he’s good to face Miami. Benjamin practiced on a limited basis all week, but is coming off a game in which he played 52 snaps, his most since coming to Buffalo.
Cornerback E.J. Gaines also was not listed on the final injury report, meaning he’s good to return after missing one game with a knee injury suffered in the first meeting with Miami in Week 15. Cornerback Shareece Wright (concussion) was ruled out Friday.
Offensive lineman Ryan Groy is also listed as questionable with an illness. He practiced Friday on a limited basis for the first time all week. Rookie left tackle Dion Dawkins missed practice with an excused personal absence, but will play Sunday.
McDermott has had discussions with his staff about possible poor field conditions Sunday. The Orange Bowl will be held on the grass field at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday night.
“We’ll just keep our eye on it moving forward,” McDermott said.
Jay Cutler is scheduled to start for the Dolphins, but he might not be the only quarterback who plays Sunday. The Miami Herald reported Friday that the Dolphins have given first-team reps during the practice week to 27-year-old backup David Fales, and might give him some playing time against the Bills.
According to the report, Ryan Tannehill will return as the Dolphins’ starting quarterback in 2018, but coach Adam Gase wants to evaluate whether Fales could have a role as a backup, which might be why he’d come into the game against Buffalo.
The Dolphins claimed cornerback Trae Elston on waivers. Elston was released this week when the Bills activated Colt Anderson from injured reserve. Elston played in 13 games, primarily on special teams, with the Bills this season and made one start. He also played in one game for the Eagles.
Miami listed eight players as questionable on its final injury report, including star pass rusher Cameron Wake, who did not practice Friday because of an illness. Safety T.J. McDonald (shoulder) is also questionable.
Starting left tackle Laremy Tunsil is doubtful with an ankle injury. He did not practice all week.