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Important injury updates for Pouncey, Parker (the news was better for one than the other)

DeVante Parker’s health is pointed in the right direction — but will he play?
DeVante Parker’s health is pointed in the right direction — but will he play? adiaz@miamiherald.com

Mike Pouncey did more in practice Friday than he has all week, and there are growing signs that he will be healthy enough to play Sunday against the Jets.

Pouncey was still in the concussion protocol when practice began Friday, but he went through all drills his teammates did during the portion of practice open to reporters. Pouncey participated in individual and position workouts Friday, even taking (and giving) some slight contact. The Dolphins listed Pouncey as questionable to play.

Players in the protocol are allowed to participate in practice, but most reach a certain neurological benchmark before they are cleared to participate in a game.

Pouncey suffered the concussion in the first half of the Dolphins’ win over the Falcons Sunday. If he cannot go, Jake Brendel would start.

Meanwhile, DeVante Parker — despite feeling much better in recent days — was nowhere to be seen during practice. He is in danger of missing his second game in as many weeks due to a troublesome ankle injury. Parker, listed as doubtful for Sunday, said Friday that he did not know if would be able to play this week.

Rounding out the Dolphins’ injury report: defensive end Andre Branch (knee), cornerback Xavien Howard (ankle) and cornerback Byron Maxwell (foot) are all questionable.

DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins WR, feels confident that no one can take the ball away from him when he leaps for a pass.

Adam H. Beasley: 305-376-3565, @AdamHBeasley

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