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Armstead, Jackson miss another Dolphins practice, but 49ers have injury concerns of their own – Boston Herald

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Despite Miami Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel’s encouraging Wednesday update on left tackle Terron Armstead, it’s looking less likely for him to play Sunday at the San Francisco 49ers.

Neither Armstead nor right tackle Austin Jackson participated in Thursday’s practice, marking a second consecutive day of work missed for each.

Armstead would usually practice Thursday while missing Wednesday and Friday drills, as he has done to nurse a lingering toe injury and conserve himself for game day throughout the season.

As daunting of a task as it may seem if the Miami offensive line has to go up against the NFL’s No. 1 run defense, top defense overall and defensive end Nick Bosa and his 11½ sacks, the Dolphins’ opponent is facing a slew of injury concerns, as well.

49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (quadriceps) missed Thursday drills in California after limited participation on Wednesday.

Running back Christian McCaffrey, however, returned to practice Thursday after he was held out of Wednesday’s session with knee irritation. His availability will be vital for San Francisco as they already now have fellow running back Elijah Mitchell set to miss six to eight weeks with a sprained MCL.

Also missing Thursday drills for Miami was running back Myles Gaskin, with shoulder and ankle ailments, per the team’s injury report.

Dolphins linebacker Jerome Baker (hip) and defensive tackle Raekwon Davis (knee) were upgraded from limited participants to full on Thursday. Running back Raheem Mostert (knee) remained limited Friday.

No Miller at Buffalo

Bills edge defender Von Miller ended up on injured reserve, the Bills announced Thursday ahead of their night game against the New England Patriots.

That puts the star pass rusher out for four weeks, meaning he will miss Buffalo’s Week 15 game against the Dolphins in Orchard Park.

Miller previously targeted a Dec. 11 return against the New York Jets before Thursday’s placement on IR for the knee injury sustained in the Bills’ Thanksgiving win over the Detroit Lions last week.

Sanders on Sunday

McDaniel and Dolphins special teams coordinator Danny Crossman expressed confidence in kicker Jason Sanders after he missed short kicks against the Bears and Browns. It worked out coming back from the bye against the Texans as Sanders made all three of his field goals and extra-point attempts.

“It was big that he did it on Sunday,” Crossman said Thursday. “The reason that Mike and myself and the rest of the organization feel good about it is we see every kick he has on Wednesday and we see every kick he has on Friday.

“To be able to see what he’s been doing during the week to come up and come to fruition on Sunday, it was good to see.”

Crossman said there wasn’t necessarily anything in his mechanics he had to fix after missing the 29-yard attempt at Chicago or the two extra points at home against Cleveland, nor did it have to do with confidence.

“He knows his talent, he knows what he’s been doing and he trusts in it, and he believes in it, so a lot of that stuff doesn’t bother him, at least outwardly” Crossman said. “But I’m sure — make no mistake about it — anytime you are successful, success breeds confidence, and it’s always better to be confident.”

Bridgewater not concerned

Dolphins backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater expressed little concern about his knee injury that has kept him inactive the past two games.

“I ain’t worried about nothing,” said Bridgewater, who was limited at Thursday’s practice. “I’m all good.”

He wouldn’t say, however, if he feels confident he will be able to be Tua Tagovailoa’s backup for Sunday’s game but did say doesn’t require surgery.

Without Bridgewater, Skylar Thompson entered late in blowouts against the Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans.

“It’s always good when you can get those physical reps,” Bridgewater said of the rookie’s opportunities.

Mahomes tops Tua

Despite Tagovailoa stringing together the best run of his career, it was not enough to earn AFC Player of the Month for November, which was won by Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the NFL announced Thursday.

Mahomes led the NFL in completions (116), passing yards (1,426) and touchdown passes (nine) in helping Kansas City go 4-0 from Weeks 9-12.

What may have hurt Tagovailoa was the Dolphins’ bye week coming in November. He had one fewer game to collect stats, and the third-year quarterback was pulled early from wins over the Browns and Texans with a win secured.

The first in Tagovailoa’s run of three straight games with three touchdowns and no interceptions, at the Detroit Lions, also came on Oct. 30. In November, Tagovailoa had 886 passing yards, seven touchdowns with no interceptions over three games. Mahomes had three interceptions in November but also added 161 rushing yards and another score on the ground.

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