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Xavien Howard undergoes (another) knee surgery, is week to week

The starting cornerbacks against the Tennessee Titans Sunday for the Miami Dolphins?

Tony Lippett and Byron Maxwell.

Indeed, that will be the starting cornerback tandem for the next few weeks because Xavien Howard is out Sunday and will miss 3-6 weeks after having his meniscus repaired this week. The surgery was to the same knee that required surgery in June and caused Howard to miss all of training camp and the preseason.

Howard injured his knee in practice this week. He will remain on the active roster as the team is calling him "week to week."

Coach Adam Gase confirmed Howard had the surgery. Gase also confirmed Maxwell, who was benched last week at Cincinnati, is back in the starting lineup.

The Dolphins are thus in bad shape at cornerback. Lippett isn't good enough and Maxwell is trying to play to the form the Dolphins thought he'd have when they traded for him in the offseason.

The situation is serious enough that Gase said when Chris Culliver, who is rehabilitating from serious knee reconstruction, is able to come off the physically unable to perform list after the sixth game of the season, "he'll be in the conversation very fast."

The Howard issue might not necessarily be a disaster this weekend. The Titans are the NFL's 27th ranked passing offense, averaging 221 yards per game. But later, when opponents such as Pittsburgh and San Diego come around, that could present a major problem for the Dolphins.

Howard is one of three players the Dolphins officially listed as out for Sunday's game. Tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion) will miss his second consecutive start as will linebacker Koa Misi (neck).

Defensive coordinator Vance Joseph said Friday Donald Butler would start in place of Misi.

Running back Arian Foster (hamstring) is listed as doubtful. Don't expect to see him in this game as the Dolphins are likely to be cautious in his return from a hamstring injury. Foster has already missed two of Miami's four games.

By the way, the Carolina Panthers today cut 6-foot cornerback Bene' Benwikere Friday. Benwikere was a Carolina starter until this week when he was cut in the aftermath of allowing Falcons receiver Julio Jones to gain 300 yards on 12 catches in last Sunday's game against the Panthers. Benwikere was assigned to shadow Jones throughout the game.

It obviously didn't go well. No one is confusing Benwikere with Deion Sanders.

But these are desperate times. So why not put in a claim for a 25-year-old player?

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