If the Miami Dolphins are going to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2016, they might have to overcome injuries to a couple of their best playmakers.
As of Monday afternoon Dolphins, head coach Brian Flores was still awaiting updates on tight end Mike Gesicki (shoulder) and receiver/returner Jakeem Grant (leg), who each left Sunday’s home loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
But the Miami Herald reported there is a “good chance” both players could miss the Dolphins’ next game against the New England Patriots. The paper also reported Gesicki was scheduled for a MRI on Monday.
“I think it’s too early to tell,” Flores replied to a question about Gesicki on Monday. “We’re still going through the evaluation process with our medical staff. … I’m not even going to go into how he felt this morning. It’s too early to tell with Mike, as well as some other guys that got banged up yesterday.”
Gesicki’s absence would leave a big offensive hole for the Dolphins (8-5), who rank in the bottom half of the NFL in touchdowns. He’s the team leader in receiving touchdowns (six) and is second in receptions (44) and receiving yards (602).
Grant has 28 punt returns for 323 yards and one touchdown this season, in addition to six kick returns for 129 yards, and 31 catches for 330 yards and one touchdown.
The Herald also reported that a third injured player that left the Kansas City game, receiver DeVante Parker, sustained a leg injury that isn’t believed to be serious and “there’s a chance he will be available” against New England.