DeVante Parker, Jakeem Grant, and Mike Gesicki all Exit Early vs. Chiefs
It was a rough day for the Dolphins’ pass catchers on Sunday. Parker (leg), Grant (leg), and Gesicki (arm) all exited the game early with injuries.
Parker picked up his injury in the first half and ultimately headed to the locker room just before halftime. He was seen trying to run on the sidelines but was unable to return to the contest. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa said he talked to Parker after the game and that he was “really hurting.”
Grant suffered his leg injury in the third quarter and was briefly able to return to the game, but he ended up being unable to play through the injury.
Finally, Gesicki had a huge day for the Dolphins, catching five passes for 65 yards and two touchdowns, but he suffered an arm injury that forced him out in the fourth quarter.
The Dolphins were already thin at wide receiver after losing Preston Williams to a foot injury in Week 9, so the status of Parker and Grant will be important to monitor heading into their Week 15 matchup vs. the Patriots. Lynn Bowden ended up playing 77.8% of his snaps from the slot last week, and he led the Dolphins with 35 pass routes run. He could be a sneaky fantasy target if either Parker or Grant are unable to suit up.
Gesicki was starting to develop some solid chemistry with Tagovailoa – he’s racked up 14 catches, 153 receiving yards, and three touchdowns over his past two games – so his absence would be a big blow. Adam Shaheen and Durham Smythe would likely see a boost in snaps in his absence, but neither player offers nearly the same fantasy value.
The Dolphins are in the midst of a heated battle for one of the final playoff spots in the AFC. They currently occupy the No. 7 spot in the conference, but the Ravens could join them at 8-5 if they’re able to win their Monday Night Football matchup vs. the Browns. Miami finishes the season with a home game vs. the Patriots and two road games vs. the Raiders and Bills, and they’ll likely need to win at least two of them to secure a playoff birth.