Jabar Gaffney looked ready to make his Dolphins debut this past Sunday as he warmed up at Paul Brown Stadium against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Gaffney, signed on Oct. 2, was left out of the lineup against the Bengals as he wasn’t activated.
It appears Gaffney will play this weekend against the St. Louis Rams.
Gaffney said Thursday that the Dolphins coaches decided he and quarterback Ryan Tannehill hadn’t worked long enough together and “if we aren’t on the same page it just messes things up.” Gaffney said he supported the decision of the coaching staff as “it’s about the team.”
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Gaffney, who has caught 443 passes for 5,622 yards and 24 touchdowns in 10 seasons, said he has become more acclimated with the Miami offense since.
“Last week, I knew some stuff but I wasn’t all the way ready to go,” the former University of Florida standout said. “Coach [ Joe Philbin] is going to make the call again, and I’m doing everything in my power to get ready to go this week. I want to go out there with my teammates. I’m feeling things out, starting to get the hang of it.”
Philbin said Thursday that Gaffney has been working hard to get the new offense down.
“He’s making progress,” Philbin said. “Part of it is getting through the terminology barrier, part of it is the concepts themselves.
“But football is football. It’s not all that much different. Still, there’s a little bit. He’s getting after it. We’ll see how he progresses.”
Gaffney said he was thrilled at the chance to play with the Dolphins, a team he worked out for earlier in the season after being cut by the New England Patriots after training camp.
After meeting with the team the first time, Gaffney hoped things would work with the Dolphins as he started following the team more closely. He said he is excited to work with his new quarterback and help out receivers Brian Hartline and Davone Bess.
Miami signed Gaffney and cut the disappointing Legedu Naanee on the Tuesday following a 24-21 overtime loss at Arizona.
“Once I came here, I knew this is where I wanted to be,” said Gaffney, who was slowed this offseason by a quadriceps injury after catching 68 passes for 947 with five touchdowns in Washington last season.
“They indicated to me that there was a great chance I would be coming back. I wasn’t all the way healthy then. Once I was, they brought me in. I definitely watched them more closely after that.”
Running back Daniel Thomas and cornerback Richard Marshall didn’t participate in practice again Thursday, and Reggie Bush was added to the daily injury list as being “limited” with the knee that has been bothering him since the Jets game in Week 3.
When asked if he was 100 percent on Wednesday, Bush laughed.
“I don’t even know what that means anymore,” he said. “I guess, from a health standpoint, no. That’s part of this league.”
Sunday’s game against the Rams met the NFL’s requirements to be broadcast locally. Because St. Louis is the visiting NFC team, the game will be broadcast by Fox and seen in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale market on WSVN-7.
Chris Myers, a graduate of Chaminade-Madonna High School in Hollywood, will do play-by-play, with Tim Ryan handling color.