3 key players questionable ahead of huge Miami Dolphins game vs. Buffalo Bills

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Three key Miami Dolphins players — Jerome Baker, Raheem Mostert and Jaylen Waddle — are questionable ahead of Miami’s huge home game against the Buffalo Bills on Jan. 7, per the team’s injury report.

Baker is dealing with a knee injury; Waddle is dealing with an ankle injury; and Mostert has both knee and ankle injuries.

Waddle hasn’t played for the Dolphins since suffering his ankle injury in the team’s victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Christmas Eve. Before leaving the game, Waddle caught one pass for a whopping 50 yards.

A week before he went down with an injury, the 25-year-old wide receiver put together arguably his best performance of the 2023 regular season against the New York Jets on Dec. 17. He finished with 142 receiving yards on eight receptions to go along with one receiving touchdown in Miami’s 30-0 win against New York.

Waddle has amassed 1,014 receiving yards, four receiving touchdowns and 47 first downs receiving across 14 games (all starts) with the Dolphins so far this season. Additionally, he is averaging 72.4 receiving yards per game and 14.1 receiving yards per reception.

Mostert also hasn’t appeared in a game for the Dolphins since their Christmas Eve matchup against the Cowboys. The 31-year-old running back is arguably putting up the best numbers of his pro career in his ninth season in the NFL.

He has accumulated 1,012 rushing yards, 18 rushing touchdowns and 59 first downs rushing in 15 starts for the Dolphins this season, his second season in Miami.

Finally, Baker has been sidelined for over a month, considering he hasn’t taken the field for the Dolphins since Dec. 3, when they played the Washington Commanders. He has 69 combined tackles, 47 solo tackles and 22 assists on tackles to his name in 12 games played with the Dolphins on the season.

The Dolphins will hope to secure the best record in the AFC East with a win against the Bills. The Bills own the second-best record in the division at the moment at 10-6 and haven’t lost a game since November.

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