Dolphins safety Reshad Jones returned to practice Friday after missing the previous two because of a groin injury.
Jones participated in the portion of practice open to reporters. It was not immediately clear how much work he did.
Adam Gase reiterated Friday that Jones would be a “game-time decision” to play Sunday. The Dolphins listed him as questionable on their final injury report.
The news wasn’t so good for tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion) or cornerback Xavien Howard (knee), however. Neither practiced and both will miss Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh.
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But compared with the Steelers, the Dolphins are downright healthy. They ruled six players out for Sunday’s game: defensive end Cameron Heyward, linebacker Ryan Shazier, safety Shamarko Thomas, center Cody Wallace, receiver Markus Wheaton and tackle Marcus Gilbert.
Jones is one of eight Dolphins questionable for Sunday.
The others: safety Isa Abdul-Quddus (knee), running back Arian Foster (hamstring), receiver Jakeem Grant (ankle), tight end Marqueis Gray (calf), linebacker Jelani Jenkins (groin), guard Laremy Tunsil (ankle) and guard Anthony Steen (ankle).
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Mario Williams insisted Friday he was not angered by Vance Joseph’s extraordinarily blunt criticism of Williams’ uninspiring first five weeks in a Dolphins uniform.
“He’s got to play better, has got to play harder,” Joseph said Thursday.
On Friday, Williams basically agreed.
“We’re an open book here,” Williams said. “... I want to be more, I guess, free to do different things and cut it loose a little bit. … And I’ve got to play faster and play harder ... It starts with me.”
Williams has just one sack and seven tackles in 2016 — well below what the Dolphins had expected when they gave him a two-year contract in March.
Williams added that he “came here to be a piece of the puzzle, to help the defense. ... At the end of the day, me being a veteran and everything, I’ve got to have more of an impact, create a little more chaos out there practicing and in the games.”
When asked directly about Joseph’s public criticism, the former first-round pick said: “It motivates me. Because, like I said, all this stuff is being translated in the meeting rooms, on the field, things like that. The way I take it is I just need to be me, be loose, don’t be uptight, don’t overanalyze every little thing because that only slows me down.”