Game time, date for Dolphins’ playoff game at Chiefs; plus Miami injury updates

MIAMI GARDENS — The Miami Dolphins will have a quick turnaround to the playoffs, playing Saturday of the NFL’s wild card weekend.

With Miami’s loss to the Bills Sunday night, dropping the team to No. 6 in the AFC, the Dolphins will travel to Kansas City for a Saturday night 8 p.m. kickoff against the Chiefs. The game will air locally on NBC6, but will only be available nationally on NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service.

After beating the Dolphins to win the AFC East for the fourth consecutive season and clinching the No. 2 seed in the AFC, the Bills will host the Pittsburgh Steelers next Sunday at 1 p.m.

The other NFL playoff matchups are Cleveland at Houston at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Green Bay at Dallas at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Los Angeles Rams at Detroit Sunday at 8 p.m. and Philadelphia at Tampa Bay at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15.

Injury updates

The Dolphins suffered more attrition to edge defenders in Sunday night’s loss to the Bills.

Outside linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel suffered a foot injury in the second half that had him exit early.

Van Ginkel went straight to the locker room instead of the injury tent on the sideline upon suffering the ailment. Originally deemed questionable to return, he was ruled out by the team shortly thereafter.

Van Ginkel was already replacing injured starter Jaelan Phillips, who tore his Achilles in late November. Opposite him, the Dolphins went to a rotation that involved Melvin Ingram, Emmanuel Ogbah and Cameron Goode for the post usually held by Bradley Chubb, who tore his ACL last week at Baltimore.

Goode, also a key player on special teams, suffered a knee injury on the key Deonte Harty punt return for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter that swung momentum the Bills’ way in Sunday’s game.

“It doesn’t appear promising,” Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel said of Goode’s knee, while stating he needed more information Monday on Van Ginkel.

“There’s definitely nobody in the locker room or on the other side of the ball that’s blinking,” said McDaniel of the attrition on the edge. “I don’t think people use that as an excuse toward their confidence. There are just different things you can feature. So it’ll be a challenge, but that is what the National Football League is. It’s a challenge.”

The Dolphins will now likely start Ingram and Ogbah opposite each other if Van Ginkel can’t play at Kansas City. Ingram can be elevated from the practice squad or be granted an active roster spot. Miami also has outside linebacker Quinton Bell on the practice squad. The team can circle back to veteran Jason Pierre-Paul, whom the Dolphins signed earlier this season but waived Dec. 19, or find another available free agent.

“It’s tough for a certain position to have a couple guys go down,” quarterback Tua Tagovailoa said. “It’s tough, but no one is going to feel sorry for us.”

Meanwhile, Dolphins safety Jevon Holland was on a limited snap count in his second game back from MCL sprains to both knees. McDaniel said Holland was “battling” Sunday night, but he wasn’t aware of any setbacks necessarily.

Fellow safety DeShon Elliott hurt a calf in pregame warmups but muscled through the game, even intercepting a pass.

There’s good news on wide receiver Jaylen Waddle and running back Raheem Mostert, with McDaniel saying he’s optimistic about their status for Saturday at the Chiefs after they each missed the regular-season finale and the previous week’s loss to the Ravens.

“They were pretty close, but both situations actually that would be very, very vulnerable to that being their last game if they would’ve played as vulnerable as they could have played for how long and what setbacks could incur,” McDaniel said.

This story will be updated.