Linebacker Jerome Baker was activated off of injured reserve by the Miami Dolphins in time for a crucial Week 18 clash against the Buffalo Bills, who are a division opponent. Baker had previously spent the required four games on injured reserve.
As a result of Baker’s activation, Miami has now utilized all eight of the indoor resistance activations that were given to them for the year. After suffering an untimely tear of his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) last week, outside linebacker Bradley Chubb has been formally transferred to injured reserve (IR) in order to make room on the active roster.
Baker, a linebacker with the Dolphins who is in his sixth season with the team, has not played since early December, when he suffered an injury to his medial collateral ligament (MCL). In 2021, the Dolphins extended Baker’s contract by three years and $37.5 million, and the agreement would remain in effect until the 2024 season. Due to the fact that he was selected by the team in the third round of the 2018 draft from Ohio State, Baker has been a starter ever since his rookie season. He has made 82 starts for the team.
While Baker was away for a period of four weeks, Duke Riley had been serving as a substitute for him. If the Dolphins want to facilitate Baker’s transition into the starting lineup, Riley will most likely come off the bench for Miami on Sunday. He may even play a little bit more than he did earlier in the season.
In addition to the two roster adjustments that were mentioned above, the Dolphins have also announced that they will be elevating two members of their usual gameday practice squad for Sunday. Melvin Ingram, an experienced pass rusher, is the more prominent of the two elevations that have been presented.
Ingram, who is 34 years old and is currently in his 12th season in the National Football League, has been raised in only two games so far this year. He has been practically a nonfactor. It is possible that Ingram will finally get a significant amount of playing time as a result of the combined absences of Chubb and Jaelan Phillips.
Cornerback Ethan Bonner will be joining Ingram off the practice squad for the week. Ingram will be joining Bonner. Furthermore, Bonner, a rookie who was not selected in the draft and hails from Stanford, will get the opportunity to participate in his third game of the season.