Dolphins offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen acknowledged the difficulty of trying to assess a player’s health in a short week involving light practices, especially when that player has been absent for a period of time. And, while Parker appears to be making progress, if he were to sit out Thursday’s game, he would have 10 more days of recovery before the Dolphins’ next matchup.
The team does not have a bye week to look forward to, as it was forced to reschedule it to the opening week of the season because of Hurricane Irma. Knowing there are an additional nine straight weeks of football following this Thursday night game may tilt the scale in favor of resting a less-than-fully-healthy Parker.
Fantasy owners should be sure to check pregame inactives, as this decision is expected to be a game-time decision.
And they’re following the lead of rookie coach Sean McDermott, who spent the week reminding players how they were once discounted as motivation in preparing to host the Oakland Raiders (3-4) on Sunday.
We don’t want to be satisfied with being 4-2, Hughes said. We understand that the stakes have risen, and so does our game.
The Bills are succeeding by relying on clutch performances from all three phases, which was particularly evident in a 30-27 win over Tampa Bay last weekend.
The Tyrod Taylor-led offense scored 10 points in the final 2:28, including Stephen Hauschka’s 30-yard field goal with 14 seconds left. And the game-winning drive was set up by rookie cornerback Tre’Davious White forcing a fumble by punching the ball out of receiver Adam Humphries hands.
It marked just the third time since 2015 the Bills won by overcoming a fourth-quarter deficit, and first time they did so on their final drive.