The Miami Dolphins reclaimed the services of the team’s starting center and one of the offense’s top playmates and have one month left in the 2021 regular season.
DeVante Parker and Michael Deiter were dropped from injured reserve and added to the 53-man roster on Saturday, hours before Sunday’s home game against the New York Giants.
It’s possible that both season-starters could resume their pivotal roles on offense against the Giants. The Dolphins had an available spot on the 53-man roster this week to make use of for Parker, and forgave backup center Cameron Tom to make room for Deiter.
Miami will likely attempt to re-sign Tom to the practice squad if he is not claimed by another NFL team on Monday with a waiver wire.
Parker, who has caught 25 passes for 327 yards and scored a touchdown in five games he played in 2021, was the team’s lead receiver before a hamstring injury caused him to miss a game, and eventually injured in late October. kept on reserve. ,
Parker’s return will likely allow Mike Gesicki to return to his role as the team’s primary H-back and flex weapon. Gesicki has been playing at range for the past month as a conventional receiver.
Adding Parker gives quarterback Tua Tagovailoa a big target, who has converted 323 receptions to 4,539 yards and 23 touchdowns in 88 games played since his 2015 first-round selection. Parker has played three games with Tagovailoa this season, and has led the team in receptions in all three competitions.
The Dolphins’ former Wisconsin standout Dieter, selected in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, started the first three games in the center. But he injured his right leg and leg during practice in early October, and spent the past two months rehabilitating the injury with no hope of a comeback.
Miami have used Greg Mainz and Austin Reiter as the team’s starting centers for the past two months. Reiter had some snapping issues last week, one of which caused the Carolina Panthers to score a half-field goal.
Dieter concluded his second week of practice on Friday and appears to have been given the green light to return to action by Miami’s medical team. The Dolphins also worked on Mainz, who is in injured reserve this week with a knee injury. But Dieter chose to go with it.
The Dolphins also promoted safety Sheldrick Redwine from the practice squad, making him eligible to play in his second game of the pre-Miami University season.