However, Dolphins head coach Brain Flores gave a sanguine update on contract discussions between Howard and the franchise.
Brian Flores says Xavien Howard has had a setback with his ankle so he's NOT practicing today.
Says contract talks are "moving in the right direction."
— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) August 2, 2021
Since the 28-year-old Howard felt undervalued for his amazing production in recent years, he made his trade request known to the masses.
The cornerback led the NFL with 10 interceptions and 20 defended passes last year. He’s ascended as one of the best corners in the league.
As a result, other teams have inquired about Howard’s availability. Still, the Dolphins are optimistic they can work things out.
In fact, Flores believes Howard is an invaluable part of the Dolphins’ future.