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  • Dolphins' Xavien Howard: Inks five-year extension

    Howard agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Dolphins on Friday, Josina Anderson of CBS Sports reports. Howard had requested a trade ahead of the 2021 campaign before agreeing to a restructured contract last year. However, he'll now be rewarded with a long-term deal to keep him in Miami. The 28-year-old appeared in 16 games for the Dolphins last season and tallied 50 tackles (39 solo), a sack, five interceptions, 16 pass defenses, two touchdowns, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
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  • Dolphins' Xavien Howard: Contract questions loom

    The Dolphins and Howard may need to revisit contract discussions this offseason, Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN reports. Howard requested a trade last offseason but agreed to play under a restructured contract for the 2021 season, in which he notched 50 tackles (39 solo), one sack, 16 pass breakups and five interceptions. Though Howard didn't reach a double-digit INT mark after doing so in 2020, he remains one of the clear top cornerbacks in the NFL and still proved an impact player with two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and two defensive touchdowns. Miami will likely need to offer Howard a more tantalizing contract in order to keep the Pro Bowler on the roster, a decision which the Dolphins will need to balance against a number of other key free-agency questions.
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  • Dolphins' Xavien Howard: Snags another INT

    Howard had two tackles (one solo), one pass breakup and one interception during Sunday's win over the Giants. Howard has recorded an interception in back-to-back games, giving him four picks on the season. While the star cornerback isn't close to matching last season's mark of 10 interceptions, he remains the pillar of Miami's defense and could be primed to close out the year strong. After the Dolphins' bye, Howard will get a chance to perform against Zach Wilson and the Jets in Week 15.
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  • Dolphins' Xavien Howard: Scoop and score vs. Ravens

    Howard had five solo tackles and one forced fumble, which he recovered and returned for a touchdown, during Thursday's 22-10 win over the Ravens. Howard's strong performance was one of the key reasons Miami managed to hold Baltimore's passing offense to just 238 yards, and his 49-yard touchdown return on a forced fumble was arguably the team's most important play of the night. Heading into Week 11, Howard will look to do similar damage against a struggling Jets offense.
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  • Dolphins' Xavien Howard: Cleared for Week 7

    Howard (groin/shoulder) is active for Sunday's game against the Falcons. The pair of injuries sidelined Howard for last week's loss to the Jaguars and limited him in practices Wednesday through Friday, but he'll be able to gut it out and suit up Sunday. Expect Howard to spend most of the game covering Atlanta's top wideout, Calvin Ridley.
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  • Dolphins' Xavien Howard: Looks on track to play

    Howard (shoulder/groin), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Falcons, is expected to play, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. After sitting out the Week 6 loss to the Jaguars due to the pair of injuries, Howard managed limited participation in practices Wednesday through Friday. The cornerback has seemingly avoided any setbacks in the process, so he looks like he'll avoid the inactive list ahead of the 1 p.m. ET kickoff. Howard will likely spend most of the day shadowing top Atlanta wideout Calvin Ridley, who is returning from a one-game absence of his own.
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  • Dolphins' Xavien Howard: Week 7 status uncertain

    Howard (shoulder/groin) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Falcons, David Furones of the Sun Sentinel reports. Howard missed last week's loss to the Jaguars due to the two injuries but was able to practice on a limited basis throughout the week. With fellow cornerbacks Noah Igbinoghene (knee) and Byron Jones (Achilles/groin) both questionable as well, Miami's beat-up secondary could have a hard time containing Atlanta's passing game. Top Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley will be an especially appealing fantasy option if Howard ultimately sits out.
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  • Dolphins' Xavien Howard: Absent from Thursday's practice

    Howard (shoulder/groin) didn't participate in Thursday's practice, Hal Habib of The Palm Beach Post reports. Howard has been unable to take the practice field for two consecutive days as he continues to deal with shoulder and groin injuries. He'll presumably need to practice in some capacity Friday if he hopes to play Sunday against the Jaguars.
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  • Dolphins' Xavien Howard: Dealing with injuries

    Howard (shoulder/groin) did not practice Wednesday, Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com reports. Howard is the pillar of Miami's secondary and arguably of the team's entire defense, so he can scarcely afford to miss time. His status will need to be monitored during the final two practices of the week and leading up to Sunday's game in Jacksonville.
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  • Dolphins' Xavien Howard: First INT of 2021

    Howard managed two tackles (one solo), two pass breakups and one interception during Sunday's 35-0 loss to the Bills. Howard was one of the lone bright spots on the field for Miami during Sunday's divisional blowout loss. The star cornerback has already more than proven his worth after an offseason that featured a drawn out contract dispute, as in Week 1 he forced and recovered a game-winning fumble versus New England.
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  • Dolphins' Xavien Howard: Resolves contract dispute

    Howard and the Dolphins agreed Sunday to a restructured contract that will include additional money and guarantees, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. In most cases, players agree to restructured deals to lower their cap number and make their contracts more tenable for teams, but according to Garafolo, Howard -- who signed a five-year, $76.5 million extension in May 2019 -- is believed to be the first player with at least four years remaining on his contract to have more money and guarantees tacked on to his deal. At least for the upcoming season, Howard's restructured deal is expected to quell the cornerback's desire to be traded elsewhere. The 28-year-old is coming off a 2020 campaign in which he led the NFL in interceptions (10) en route to earning a spot on the All-Pro team for the second time in his career.
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  • Dolphins' Xavien Howard: Back at practice

    Howard (ankle) is present at the Dolphins' Saturday practice, Travis Wingfield of the Dolphins' official site reports. Howard was sidelined at Friday's practice due to an ankle injury, but it looks like the issue is not too serious. Barring any setbacks, look for the team's No. 1 cornerback to fully participate in the team's Saturday activities.
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  • Dolphins' Xavien Howard: Fails to practice Monday

    Howard (ankle) didn't participate in Monday's practice, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports. Howard has been dealing with an ankle injury and recently had a setback that kept him out of Monday's session, per Salguero. It wouldn't be surprising to see the team proceed with caution with their top corner this early in August.
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  • Dolphins' Xavien Howard: Leaves practice field early

    Howard (undisclosed) logged an early departure at Thursday's practice due to injury, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports. Howard left practice due to an apparently minor injury after participating in warmups, according to Beasley. Given the context that Howard officially requested a trade just three days ago, it seems likely that he'd err on the side of caution in any situation involving his health. Unless the Dolphins give further word, it can probably be assumed that the star cornerback is only dealing with something minor.
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  • Dolphins' Xavien Howard: Booted from Week 13 game

    Howard was ejected from Sunday's matchup against the Bengals for throwing a punch, Sal Capaccio of WGR Sports Radio 550 Buffalo reports. Howard and Tyler Boyd were both ejected after throwing punches at one another late in the second quarter. Boyd registered a 72-yard receiving touchdown in the first quarter, while Howard ended his afternoon with four tackles, an interception and a pass deflection.
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  • Dolphins' Xavien Howard: Leads league in INTs

    Howard recorded one tackle, two defended passes and one interception during Sunday's 24-0 win over the Jets. Howard has now recorded one interception in each of his last four contests, tying Kendall Fuller for the league lead. He's also gone back-to-back games without allowing a catch on eight combined targets. As Travis Wingfield of the Dolphins' official site reports, Howard leads the league with 16 interceptions since December 2017, despite having missed 15 games in that span. He'll look to continue solidifying his reputation as the league's top ball hawk versus the Rams in Week 8.
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  • Dolphins' Xavien Howard: Cleared for Thursday's game

    Howard (knee) practiced in full Wednesday and doesn't carry an injury designation ahead of Thursday's game against the Jaguars, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports. Howard played through this knee issue last week against the Bills, and his presence will be vital Thursday with fellow cornerback Byron Jones (groin/Achilles) ruled out.
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  • Dolphins' Xavien Howard: Limited on practice estimate

    Howard (knee) was listed as a limited participant on Monday's practice estimate, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports. Howard entered Week 2 with this knee injury but played all 60 defensive snaps regardless, so barring a setback, he should be ready for Thursday's matchup versus the Jaguars. Through two games, Howard has notched four tackles.
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  • Dolphins' Xavien Howard: Limited Wednesday

    Howard (knee) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, Hal Habib of The Palm Beach Post reports. Howard was recovering from knee surgery heading into the season opener but ultimately suited up in Week 1. His limitations Wednesday were likely precautionary, but Howard's practice participation throughout the week is still worth monitoring.
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  • Dolphins' Xavien Howard: Uncertain about season opener

    Howard (knee) said he is feeling good but is unsure if he'll be ready for Week 1's matchup versus the Patriots, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports. Howard underwent surgery in December, and although it was considered just a knee scope, the cornerback is still feeling the effects. While he's in danger of missing the season opener, Howard shouldn't be out too much longer. If he's forced to miss time, however, rookie Noah Igbinoghene will likely start in his place in base defense.
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