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Dolphins’ TE Dion Sims still in concussion protocol, won’t play Sunday

Sept. 25, 2016 Miami Dolphins Tight End Dion Sims (80) [18874] runs with the ball at the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. (Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg/Icon Sportswire)
Photographer: Michele Sandberg/Icon Sportswire

The Miami Dolphins will be extremely thin at the tight end position once again on Sunday when they play the New York Jets. It was discovered on Friday that Dion Sims is still in the concussion protocol and will not be able to play in the contest.

Sims has missed the last two weeks with the concussion but he progressed this week while increasing his practice participation. There was some hope that he would be able to play against the Jets, but that won’t be the case. As offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen noted, the team expects him to finally be back to full speed next week.

“I do think by Sunday, and then certainly past Sunday, he should be back to full speed,” Christensen said Thursday. “(We’re) hoping again, obviously, that we wouldn’t have a setback of any kind, and he hasn’t had one.”

Making matters worse for the Dolphins, tight end Jordan Cameron will also miss the contest. He’s been out since suffering a concussion on Sept. 25 and will miss his fifth consecutive game.

With Sims and Cameron out, the team will likely use a combination of MarQueis Gray and Dominique Jones at tight end. Both players should be familiar with the role as they’ve done it before this year, although neither of them has flourished in the increased action.

At this point Jones has three receptions for 12 yards and Gray has three catches for 81 yards. Both players have only been targeted four times for the year.

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