Dolphins' Jeff Wilson Jr.: Week 7 Injury & Fantasy Update



by FAIZAN CHAUDHARY

Dolphins' Jeff Wilson Jr.: Week 7 Injury & Fantasy Update
Dolphins' Jeff Wilson Jr.: Week 7 Injury & Fantasy Update © Bryan M. Bennett/GettyImages

In a recent update, the Miami Dolphins affirmed the near-fitness of running back Jeff Wilson Jr., after he was noticeably absent during the team's victory against the Carolina Panthers. This has been a comforting revelation for both the Dolphins' supporters and fantasy football aficionados.

During their Week 6 confrontation with the Panthers, many anticipated Wilson's reactivation from the injured reserve. However, in a cautious move, the Dolphins granted Wilson an additional week to ensure a full recovery. Coach Mike McDaniel emphasized that Wilson was indeed match-ready, but the decision to bench him was purely precautionary.

During Wilson's hiatus, Raheem Mostert admirably stepped up to the plate, showcasing his prowess by amassing 115 yards and securing two touchdowns during Week 6, further solidifying his position as the Dolphins' primary RB.

Wilson's Injury Origins

The Backstory of Jeff Wilson Jr.' s Injury: As the season dawned, the Dolphins took a precautious approach with Jeff Wilson Jr. by placing him on injured reserve due to injuries sustained on his ribs and fingers.

The genesis of this pain traces back to the preseason, sidelining him for the first six fixtures of the 2023 regular season. It's worth noting that Wilson was a mid-season acquisition from the San Francisco 49ers during the 2022 trade window, exchanged for a fifth-round pick.

During his tenure with the 49ers, he featured in 16 matches, led in seven, and accumulated a commendable 860 yards and five touchdowns. Furthermore, he showcased his versatile playmaking abilities with 22 receptions, adding another touchdown to his tally.

What's Next for Jeff Wilson Jr.? As the days progress, the possibility of Wilson's return looms large, potentially as early as next week. McDaniel, while confident of Wilson's fitness for Week 6, elected to play it safe by keeping him inactive.

Up next for the Dolphins is a crucial Sunday night clash against the Philadelphia Eagles - an opportune moment for Wilson to rejoin the action. Wilson's impending return couldn't come at a more opportune time for the Dolphins, who are grappling with the loss of De'Von Achane due to injury, sidelining him for an estimated four weeks.

Wilson's experience and familiarity with the Dolphins' game plan are assets in bridging the void. Additionally, with Salvon Ahmed's inconsistent availability due to recurrent injuries this season, Wilson's return is poised to be a pivotal moment for the Dolphins' offensive strategy.

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