The Miami Dolphins are preparing for the season opener against the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium.
Before the game begins, the Dolphins had the option of elevating players from the practice squad, and they announced that they brought up wide receiver River Cracraft and safety Verone McKinley III.
In the preseason, Cracraft seemed to build a bit of a rapport with his quarterbacks, bringing in six receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown in just two contests. With the Dolphins having only five options on the active roster at the position, this gives them some more depth.
McKinley’s elevation could be related to defensive back Eric Rowe’s pectoral injury that has left him questionable, according to Friday’s injury report. Even if Rowe plays, McKinley will provide depth and may be able to get some opportunities on special teams.
The Patriots and Dolphins will kick off on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.