Cornerback Xavien Howard heads the list of front-line Miami Dolphins players who will not play in the preseason opener against the Chicago Bears Along with their injured players, the Miami Dolphins will be keeping out a few starters in their preseason opener
against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on Saturday (1 p.m. ET, NFL Network).
All of the healthy scratches are on the defensive of the ball.
Leading the way is Xavien Howard, who will be joined on the sideline by fellow cornerback Byron Jones and
defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah.
The other defensive players not expected to see action against Chicago are linebacker Jaelan Phillips, safety
Brandon Jones and linebacker Vince Biegel. Phillips returned to practice Wednesday after missing more than a
week with a groin injury but was out Thursday; Jones has missed a week with an ankle injury, and Biegel was
sporting a walking boot on his right foot Thursday.
The offensive players who will not play include four wide receivers: Albert Wilson, Will Fuller V, DeVante Parker, and Allen Hurns. The first three didn’t practice in Chicago; while Hurns did take part in both practices against the
Lastly, also sitting out will be rookie second-round pick Liam Eichenberg, who sustained an injury Wednesday and
made only a brief appearance in the first part of practice Thursday.
Head coach Brian Flores declined to say earlier this week how long his starters would play against the Bears,