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Here’s the latest on Xavien Howard, who is dealing with a worrisome knee injury

Dolphins elite DB Xavien Howard could miss the Patriots game. McCain says it’s time for lesser known backs to step up

With the Miami Dolphins elite defensive back Xavien Howard possibly missing the Patriots game, McCain says it's time for lesser known backs to step up
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With the Miami Dolphins elite defensive back Xavien Howard possibly missing the Patriots game, McCain says it's time for lesser known backs to step up

Star Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard missed his second consecutive practice with a knee injury, casting great doubt on his availability for Sunday.

Howard was nowhere to be seen during the portion of practice open to reporters, but he is at team headquarters and did come out later in the session, Adam Gase said.

Howard sustained an unspecified knee injury in the Bills game, and Gase was none too optimistic when asked about it Wednesday. Thursday was more of the same.

“We have to make sure we do the right thing for him,” Gase said. “When he’s ready to go, he’s ready to go.”

But there is good news:

Howard is not on crutches.

And his injury is not to the knee that twice needed surgery his rookie season, the Miami Herald has learned. He missed 10 games as a rookie with a meniscus injury.

Gase declined to say whether Howard underwent surgery on the new injury, saying the team keeps such matters “in-house.” On Wednesday, he did not rule out Howard needing to undergo a procedure.

If Howard cannot play, expect Torry McTyer to see an increased role.

Bad news on the offensive line, too:

Guard Jake Brendel was also missing from practice. He was limited in practice Wednesday with a calf injury.

If Brendel cannot play, expect Ted Larsen to start at left guard.

Better news on the offensive line: center Travis Swanson practiced for the second straight day after missing the Bills game with an ankle injury.

Danny Amendola also looks on track to play after sitting out the Buffalo game with a knee issue.

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