Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill sat out Wednesday’s practice due to a hip injury, raising questions about his availability for the upcoming matchup against the New England Patriots. Hill, who hasn’t missed a game since joining the Dolphins in the 2022 offseason, currently leads the NFL in receiving yards with 902. In the previous week’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, he briefly left the field but managed to return, ultimately tallying 88 yards and scoring a touchdown on 11 receptions.
While Hill has been granted some rest days in prior weeks, the initial injury report for this week underscores that his absence is injury-related. Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa expressed the team’s sentiment, acknowledging the void left by Hill’s absence during Wednesday’s practice. Tagovailoa emphasized Hill’s leadership and impact on the field, particularly his remarkable speed and agility. Nevertheless, he highlighted the need for other players to step up in Hill’s absence and maintain the team’s rhythm and unity.
Notably, Jaylen Waddle, the 2021 first-round pick, stands as the Dolphins’ second-leading receiver this season with 30 receptions for 359 yards and two touchdowns in six games. When asked about the possibility of Hill missing the upcoming game, Waddle deferred to the team’s decision-makers, stating that such matters are beyond his purview.
In addition to Hill, several other Dolphins players were absent from Wednesday’s practice, including safety Jevon Holland (concussion), fullback Alec Ingold (foot), offensive lineman Robert Jones (personal), and running back Raheem Mostert (ankle). Cornerbacks Xavien Howard (groin) and Jalen Ramsey (knee) were limited in practice, as was starting center Connor Williams (groin), all of whom missed the previous week’s game.