For the second straight week, the Miami Dolphins will be without steady slot wide receiver Davone Bess, who is dealing with back issues and has not practiced for a solid chunk of time. Bess has always been a reliable play for the Dolphins, because he never missed a game in his five-year career until being ruled out for last week’s game. With Bess out, Anthony Fasano will continue to receive more looks and Marlon Moore and rookie WR Rishard Matthews will continue to receive more playing time.
The continued absence of Bess is a big blow to the Dolphins, and they will hope to have him back before next week’s rivalry tilt against the New England Patriots. Bess has had a solid year with 61 receptions for 778 yards.
The other solid receiver on the Dolphins roster, Brian Hartline, is also listed on the injury report as questionable. Joe Philbin has been listing Hartline on the injury report like Bill Belichick does with Patriots receivers, because Hartline has been listed questionable with a back injury since Week 9.
Hartline continues to post solid numbers this season and eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards last week with five catches for 77 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has done a good job of stretching the field vertically for rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill, as Hartline has averaged 15 yards per reception. He also has 67 receptions and three touchdowns on the season, so he has been an integral part of this offense all year long. In fact, Hartline has been the Dolphins most valuable offensive player this year.
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