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Dolphins Face Texans Tonight On WQAM

Alex Donno
October 25, 2018 - 10:08 am
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It's a short week for the Miami Dolphins, who return to action tonight in Houston. The 4-3 Dolphins take on the 4-3 Texans. 

Miami will face a major challenge in overcoming injuries at wide receiver. They finished last week's loss to the Lions with just two healthy pass-catchers on the active roster. Albert Wilson heads to IR with a hip injury. Kenny Stills will also miss this game with a groin issue. 

Former first round draft pick DeVante Parker, who's only been activated for two out of Miami's seven games so far, will need to step up. 

Head coach Adam Gase had this to say about Parker's status: “We don’t have any more receivers so I’m sure he’s going to play." It's not exactly a ringing endorsement, but it means Parker has a chance to get out of the dog house. 

Parker's agent, Jimmy Gould, released a statement over the weekend that essentially fired a flamethrower at Gase. 

We'll see if Parker can develop any sort of chemistry with Dolphins starting quarterback Brock Osweiler. That's right, "Brocktober" continues. Ryan Tannehill will miss his third consecutive game with his injured throwing shoulder. Osweiler admitted during the week that he's barely shared any reps with Parker since he's been in Miami. The two of them will need to get acquainted quickly. 

Parker will join Danny Amendola and Jakeem Grant on the active roster at receiver. Expect Isaiah Ford to be activated from the practice squad to round out that group. 

Defensively, the Dolphins will be without defensive end Charles Harris for a third straight game with an injured calf. 

Let's circle back to Osweiler, who faces his former team tonight. Do you remember his cup of tea in Houston? It's something Texans head coach Bill O'Brien likely wants to forget. Friction between him and Osweiler led to Brock getting traded to the Browns. He threw for 15 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in his one season in Houston (2016).

Osweiler was asked what it will feel like to return to Houston tonight. 

“No emotion," he said. "This really is just another game but it’s the most important game right now on our schedule because it’s the next one. Coming off a home loss to a good Detroit football team, this next game against Houston is very important to us. We need to get back in the win column and we know it’s not going to be an easy task.”

Kickoff tonight is set for 8:20pm, and you can listen to the game on WQAM.