Jaylen Waddle is expected to return for the Miami Dolphins.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Waddle passed the concussion protocol on Thursday and is now available for Sunday afternoon’s game against the Buffalo Bills.
Waddle went down for the first time in the Dolphins’ Week 2 win over the Patriots after New England linebacker Marte Mapu coached him late in the fourth quarter. Mapu made helmet-to-helmet contact during the game at Gillette Stadium and Waddle remained on the field for a moment before being helped off the field.
Mapu was penalized for unnecessary roughness in that moment, and the NFL later fined him $5,620 for the hit.
Waddle had 86 yards on six catches in the 24-17 win. He also had 78 receiving yards on five catches in the Dolphins’ season-opening win against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Even though Waddle missed the Dolphins game last weekend, the team didn’t need him. Miami steamrolled the Denver Broncos 70-20, racking up 726 yards of offense. It was the most points the team has ever scored in a single game in franchise history, and the Dolphins are now the first team in league history to score both 70 points and more than 700 yards in a single game Offensive scored.
Waddle posted a career-high 1,356 receiving yards and eight touchdowns last season, his second with the Dolphins after they took him with the No. 6 pick in the 2021 draft out of Alabama. As a rookie, he had 1,015 receiving yards and six touchdowns.
The Dolphins will face the Bills on Sunday afternoon at Highmark Stadium in Buffalo. The Bills have won two straight and are coming off a commanding 37-3 win over the Washington Commanders last week. The Dolphins haven’t won in Buffalo since 2016 and have beaten the Bills just twice in their last 13 meetings.