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Xavien Howard injured in practice Tuesday, uncertain for Sunday

The Dolphins hoped the extra days they get following a Thursday game last week would give them an opportunity to get healthier. That hasn't necessarily been the case.

Coach Adam Gase announced cornerback Xavien Howard "got tangled up" during practice Tuesday and suffered an injury that has put him under care of doctors. The coach said team doctors have been examining the rookie but others might be looking at him later on.

Gase gave no certainty that Howard is missing the game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday. He also gave no certainty Howard would be available to play.

"We're dealing with both contingencies," Gase said. "That's ball."

The Dolphins planned to give Byron Maxwell, benched last week against Cincinnati, a chance at playing time Sunday. He would be starting if Howard cannot play. It would be Maxwell and Tony Lippett starting.

If Howard can play, which reading between the lines doesn't sound like the most likely possibility, it would be Howard and Lippett with Maxwell working in.

On the bright side of the injury front, Gase said Branden Albert seems likely to go Sunday.

He will be reported as an illness and ankle injury on the injury report but the illness is the reason he has missed practice is the illness.

Gase addressed the Arian Foster situation and repeated the philosophy I reported on the matter a couple of hours ago.

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