Injuries may tilt Dolphins’ Week 5 contest into Miami’s favor
While the Miami Dolphins will keep a close eye on their talent for the remainder of this week to see which of their ailing players are healthy enough to face the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, the team needs to keep a close eye on too their opponent in week 5 to see which of their players will also miss the competition. Because as much as Miami feels right now with WR DeVante Parker, LT Austin Jackson and CB Byron Jones (among others), the 49ers were torn to pieces with injuries.
They may get some of that talent back this week, but they will miss a lot more than the dolphins. Would it be enough to tip this game in Miami's favor? Here is an updated snapshot of San Francisco's injured talent.
Defensive end Nick Bosa
Defender Solomon Thomas
Defensive end Dee Ford
Weston Richburg Center
Tevin Coleman run back
Tight end Jordan Reed
Wide receiver Jalen Hurd
Bosa, Thomas, Ford and Richburg are significant losses for the 49ers. With Miami's left-wing attack in the air, the 49ers, who don't have three of their greatest threats on the verge, will be a huge boost to Miami's offensive pursuit against San Francisco.
But wait, there's more!
The 49ers are likely trying to play the Dolphins even without several parts in high school, plus one more back off the field. The 49ers have played 3 games without outstanding CB Richard Sherman - and while he is eligible to return, it seems more likely that Miami will miss the star cornerback this week too.
Raheem Mostert run back
Corner kick Richard Sherman
Corner kick Emmanuel Moseley
Security Jimmie Ward
Ward insisted on social media that he is good - but coach Kyle Shanahan's words for Mostert and Sherman seem to suggest that at least some of the questionable players for tonight's game won't get the call.
And after all the talent there is still an even bigger presence that is questionable about playing against Miami ...
MIAMI, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 2: Jimmy Garoppolo # 10 of the San Francisco 49ers is tackled by Chris Jones # 95 of the Kansas City Chiefs at Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on February 2, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Maddie Meyer / Getty Images)
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo
Garoppolo made a limited return to training for San Francisco this week but has not played the last two games for the 49ers with an ankle injury. And even when he is playing, his lack of health can play into Miami's hands as they try to chase the passerby and keep the 49ers offense off schedule. Despite all the injuries, this is a tough game for the Dolphins.
But it sets the table for Miami to potentially capitalize on an opponent's lack of health in week 5 as they look for their second win of the season.
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