Waddle cleared concussion protocol Thursday and is now available for their game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday afternoon, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
#Dolphins WR Jaylen Waddle is out of the NFL's concussion protocol.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 28, 2023
Waddle first went down in the Dolphins’ win over the Patriots in Week 2 after New England linebacker Marte Mapu drilled him late in the fourth quarter. Mapu made helmet-to-helmet contact on the play at Gillette Stadium, and Waddle remained down on the field for a moment before he was helped off.
Mapu was penalized for unnecessary roughness in the moment, and the NFL later fined him $5,620 for the hit.
Jaylen Waddle is hurt. pic.twitter.com/qQwCkgvXaj
— Tanner Phifer (@TannerPhiferNFL) September 18, 2023
Waddle had 86 receiving yards on six catches when he went down in the 24-17 win. He had 78 receiving yards on five catches in the Dolphins’ season-opening win against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Though Waddle missed the Dolphins’ game last weekend, the team didn’t need him. Miami rolled over the Denver Broncos 70-20 while racking up 726 yards of offense. It marked the most the team has ever scored in a single game and the Dolphins are now the first team in league history to have both 70 points and more than 700 yards of offense in a single game.
Waddle racked up a career-high 1,356 receiving yards and eight touchdowns last season, his second with the Dolphins after they took him with the No. 6 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft out of Alabama. He had 1,015 receiving yards and six touchdowns as a rookie.
The Dolphins will take on the Bills on Sunday afternoon at Highmark Stadium in Buffalo. The Bills have won two straight, and are coming off a dominant 37-3 win over the Washington Commanders last week. The Dolphins have not won in Buffalo since 2016, and they’ve beaten the Bills just twice in their last 13 meetings.