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Dolphins to play Saturday night game at Bills; sign former No. 1 pick with Austin Jackson going on IR – Boston Herald


The Miami Dolphins’ Week 15 game at the division-rival Buffalo Bills will be played on Saturday, Dec. 17 in an 8:15 p.m. kickoff, the NFL announced Monday. It was originally scheduled for Sunday.

It was one of five matchups the NFL had left open to either take one of three slots that Saturday or play the following Sunday. Ravens at Browns will be played at 4:30 p.m. that Saturday with Colts at Vikings taking the early 1 p.m. game. Giants at Commanders was flexed to “Sunday Night Football,” while Falcons at Saints will be played Sunday afternoon.

The league opting for a Saturday AFC East showdown between the Dolphins and Bills creates a brutal turnaround for the Dolphins, traveling again to Buffalo with one fewer day to prepare after returning to Miami early Monday morning from spending more than a week on the West Coast for back-to-back games in California.

“There will be an adjustment to the schedule,” McDaniel said Monday. “It’ll be somewhere in between what a normal game is and what a Thursday night is.”

The NFL also had an option to flex the Dolphins into Sunday night for a second consecutive week, with a Patriots-Raiders game originally scheduled for prime time on Dec. 18, but the league instead chose Giants-Commanders to replace it. Last week, the NFL bumped up this Sunday’s Dolphins-Chargers game to the night slot over Chiefs at Broncos.

Before last week’s announcement for Miami’s game at L.A., the Dolphins had never been flexed into a Sunday night game since the NFL began its flex scheduling in 2006.

The Dolphins-Bills Saturday night game will air on NFL Network.

Tackle help

The Dolphins signed veteran tackle and former No. 1 draft pick Eric Fisher as they placed right tackle Austin Jackson on injured reserve Monday.

“An opportunity to add a player of high quality with big-time game experience,” said McDaniel, adding that the move was in the works for a couple of weeks and not simply reactionary to recent injuries.

Jackson did not play in Miami’s Sunday game at the San Francisco 49ers after he aggravated his ankle injury in the Nov. 27 win over the Houston Texans. Jackson, a 2020 first-round pick, has his second stint on IR, hurting the right ankle in both games he played this season. The IR placement puts him out a minimum of four weeks, and with five games remaining on the schedule, it likely puts him out for the rest of the regular season.

Fisher, 31, was the top selection in the 2013 NFL draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. In eight seasons with Kansas City, he made two Pro Bowls, the last coming in 2020. The Central Michigan product spent 2021 with the Indianapolis Colts, starting 15 games with them.

Three-time Pro Bowl left tackle Terron Armstead also missed Sunday’s game, but he is closer to returning from his pectoral strain. At San Francisco, the Dolphins started Brandon Shell at right tackle and Greg Little at left tackle. Fisher gives them a fourth veteran tackle on the active roster when all aside from Jackson are healthy.

Against the 49ers, the backup tackles largely held up. Star defensive end Nick Bosa got three sacks, but only one could really be attributed to him beating one of the tackles, which was his final sack, winning a 1-on-1 against Shell and forcing a fumble on quarterback Tua Tagovailoa that was returned for a touchdown. On the others, he pulled a stunt inside for one and had running back Jeff Wilson Jr. miss a block on him for the other.

Waddle fine

Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle said he’s fine after sustaining a leg injury in the first half against the 49ers but later returning.

“It’s just part of the game,” Waddle said Monday. “I’m feeling good, all good, ready to go, ready to get out there.”

Waddle also appreciated his penguin waddle touchdown celebration going global over the past week with a fan doing it in Antarctica and France soccer player Antoine Griezmann copying the celebration in the World Cup.

“That was pretty special,” Waddle said. “I’m not like the biggest soccer guy, but a lot of my friends, family, they were telling me how big that was.”



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