Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard, Connor Williams out for Sunday night game at Eagles
PHILADELPHIA — Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard and center Connor Williams are out for the team’s Sunday night game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.
The two key players nursing groin injuries were listed among inactives announced 90 minutes before the 8:20 p.m. kickoff.
Howard, the four-time Pro Bowl cornerback, left last Sunday’s win over the Carolina Panthers with his ailment after playing through multiple groin injuries last season.
Miami’s top cornerback, with star Jalen Ramsey still not ready to debut with his new team off a knee procedure in training camp, is Kader Kohou. Cornerbacks who have rotated in nickel and dime packages — Eli Apple, Parry Nickerson and Justin Bethel — could all likely see playing time. Rookie second-round pick Cam Smith could also factor into the Dolphins’ game plan.
But it will be a difficult challenge against an Eagles receiving corps led by A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith.
Williams has now missed three of four games with his own groin injury. Two weeks ago, he played through it against the New York Giants, but has now missed the past two.
Liam Eichenberg is slotted to start in Williams’ place at center after playing guard last season.
Other Dolphins inactives were wide receiver Robbie Chosen, cornerback Kelvin Joseph, tight end Tyler Kroft and quarterback Skylar Thompson, who is available as an emergency third quarterback.
Wide receiver Chase Claypool is active to potentially make his Dolphins debut after he was acquired more than two weeks ago in a trade with the Chicago Bears.
Eagles inactives were safety Reed Blankenship, cornerback Bradley Roby, running back Rashaad Penny, linebacker Patrick Johnson, defensive tackle Moro Ojomo, tight end Albert Okwuegbunam and quarterback Tanner McKee, who can be the emergency third quarterback.
Fullback Alec Ingold, who entered questionable like Howard and Williams but with a foot injury, is active Sunday.
This story will be updated.