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Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard speaks to the media after practice at the Dolphins practice facility on Thursday, May 24, 2018.
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Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard speaks to the media after practice at the Dolphins practice facility on Thursday, May 24, 2018.

There was a big name missing at Dolphins practice Wednesday:

Xavien Howard, who has been their best player in 2018.

Howard’s reason for absence will be revealed by Dolphins coach Adam Gase when he meets with reporters, but he did leave the Bills game briefly with an unspecified injury. He returned after missing just one snap and finished the game.

UPDATE (2:11 p.m.): Adam Gase briefed the media on Howard Sunday and it doesn’t sound good. Howard injured his knee on his second interception Sunday and sounds iffy, at best, for Sunday. Gase said the team will know more later in the week, but he expects to know more as the week goes on.

The Dolphins cannot afford to miss Howard Sunday against Tom Brady and the Patriots. He has four interceptions in the last two games and was named the AFC’s Defensive Player of the Week on Wednesday.

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“He’s one of our best players, if not our best player, on that side of the ball,” Gase said. “You’re not going to replace him.”

Meanwhile, defensive end Cameron Wake also sat out practice Wednesday, but it’s believed he had a veteran rest day. He was riding the stationary bike early in practice.

There was good news to emerge from Dolphins camp Wednesday: wide receiver Danny Amendola and center Travis Swanson were both back on the field after sitting out the Bills game with knee and ankle injuries.

DeVante Parker and Kenyan Drake both remain in non-contact jerseys due to shoulder issues.

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