Miami Dolphins

Mario Williams, slowed by ankle injury, ‘not where he wants to be,’ Gase says

Mario Williams, left, remains slowed by an ankle injury.
Mario Williams, left, remains slowed by an ankle injury.

The Dolphins returned to practice Wednesday.

Most of them, at least.

Along with left tackle Branden Albert, who's already been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Rams, three other key contributors sat out Wednesday's session due to injury:

Defensive end Mario Williams (ankle), linebacker Jelani Jenkins (knee and hand) and defensive end Jason Jones (knee).

Williams, who has lost his starting job in recent weeks, got hurt late in the fourth quarter of the Dolphins' win over the Chargers. He did not return.

Williams is “day-to-day right now,” Gase said. “Hopefully he’ll feel better by the end of the week, but right now, he’s not where he wants to be. We’ll see how this progresses as the week goes on.”

While Jones often gets a veteran’s off on Wednesday, that’s not why he sat out this week. Gase said he’s still sore from the game.

Xavien Howard, meanwhile, remains a work in progress. He won't play Sunday, and is still not ready to practice. Howard remains in “rehab” mode from a second knee surgery in four months, Gase said, and cannot yet run full-speed. Still, the team has not discussed placing him on injured reserve.

“We are not going to put him out too early,” Gase added. “We are not going to rush him back. We’re going to make sure his timetable is right.”

Chris Culliver, who is aiming to make his 2016 debut this week, practiced without limitation Wednesday, but Gase suggested he still is not game-ready.

“No decisions have technically been made yet,” Gase added.

Five Dolphins were limited in their participation in practice Wednesday: safety Isa Abdul-Quddus, guard Jermon Bushrod, receiver Jarvis Landry, center Mike Pouncey and wide receiver Kenny Stills.

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