The Dolphins are still planning to play wide receiver Kenny Stills in their game against the Buccaneers on Sunday but how long he’ll last may be another matter entirely.
Stills was held out of practice on Friday, a day after he left practice early with a back injury that now threatens to limit his effectiveness come Sunday afternoon.
The Dolphins will obviously go into the game hoping Stills doesn’t suffer a relapse or injure himself further, but if that happens they will be without one of the key offensive weapons.
Only tackle Jermon Bushrod has been on the field more often this year than Stills, who has played 540 snaps, or 94.1-percent of all the offensive plays the Dolphins have run so far this year.
Still has caught 33 of the 55 passes thrown his way this year for 408 yards and four touchdowns and has a 12.4-yards per catch average that ranks second on the team behind DeVante Parker’s 12.6-yard average.
On the good side of the injury ledger, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was back at practice Friday after missing Thursday’s workout with a knee injury the Dolphins fear could linger for a while.
“Every week could be different for him (depending on) how he’s feeling and whether or not we practice him,” Dolphins coach Adam Gase said of Suh, who has not missed a game because of injury since 2011.
“I know whatever he has, he’s giving it. When you play inside there, you’re going take some nasty hits and get cut all of the time. It’s a tough position to play. He gets doubled almost every play.
“So he’s trying to fight through some things and hopefully, as the season goes on, we can get him a little healthier and healthier every week. That’s why we try to give him as much time off from practice as we can, just to take a little bit off of him.’’