The Dolphins will hold out running back Arian Foster for at least the first preseason game, and he might sit out the entire preseason.
Coach Adam Gase told Foster, who is coming off an Achilles tendon injury, that he won't play in Friday night's preseason opener at the Giants. Gase also hinted that Cameron Wake, who is also nursing an Achilles injury, won't play.
Foster, who is competing with Jay Ajayi for the starting tailback spot, has been limited in practices, and Gase said he can't afford for the eighth-year pro to suffer any setbacks.
"I have a certain way I treat running backs who have played that long," Gase said of Foster, who has been plagued by durability issues throughout his career.
When he was with the Texans, Foster was frequently held out of exhibition games. His last carry in a preseason game was in 2012.
"He is almost to the point where we can play a full practice without any restrictions," Gase said.
Ajayi, Damien Williams, Isaiah Pead and Daniel Thomas will handle the tailback workload Friday night. Rookie Kenyan Drake (hamstring) is likely out for a week or two.
BILLS: Rookie linebacker Reggie Ragland will have surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left knee and likely will miss the season. Buffalo traded up eight spots to take Ragland in the second round. First-round pick Shaq Lawson, also a linebacker, is expected to miss at least the first month of the season recovering from shoulder surgery in May. Both were seen as starters. Ragland was injured during practice Friday, pulling up and falling without being hit. Former Gator Brandon Spikes, a free agent, signed Sunday to provide linebacker depth.
BRONCOS: Mark Sanchez was named starting quarterback for tonight's preseason opener at the Bears. Trevor Siemian is the co-No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart. The plan is for Sanchez to play the first quarter, Siemian the second and rookie Paxton Lynch is slotted to play the second half.
Browns: Rookie receiver Corey Coleman, the 15th overall pick, will miss Friday's preseason game at Green Bay with a hamstring injury. Also out: receivers Andrew Hawkins (hamstring) and Josh Gordon (quad). Receiver Terrelle Pryor was pulled from Wednesday's practice with an apparent calf injury; his status for Friday is unclear.
CHARGERS: Ken Whisenhunt, the team's offensive coordinator in 2013, is back in the same role and Philip Rivers couldn't be happier. Rivers, who had one of his best seasons in '13, remains the quarterback of a team looking to rebound from a 4-12 record, its worst season since 2003. "We really hit it off from that first year and we just picked it back up," Rivers said. "He has a great feel for the offense." Whisenhunt, who was fired as Titans coach during last season, said it was an easy decision to return: "You kidding me? This is a great town."
COLTS: Inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera was placed on waivers. Indy's sixth-round pick in 2015 spent most of last season on the practice squad.
SEAHAWKS: Tight end Jimmy Graham was activated off the physically unable to perform list, another step in his recovery from a major right knee injury last season. He went through a light practice, doing some positional drills. It was his first time on the field with his teammates since Week 12 of last season when he tore the patellar tendon. "There were some dark days," Graham said. "I've never been through something where every day you had to do something for it. Every day you wake up and until you go to bed you're doing some type of rehab."