McDonald worked out for the Falcons on Tuesday, freelance NFL writer Howard Balzer reports.
McDonald recently was released by the Dolphins before the season due to a crowded safety room, and, as evidenced by this news, has been receiving interest elsewhere. It's unclear if anything materialized from the tryout, but the 28-year-old played 14 games last season, compiling 86 tackles (63 solo) and three interceptions with the Dolphins.
McDonald has been released by the Dolphins.
Miami had a crowded safety room and is evidently looking to go younger at the position by releasing McDonald, who started all 14 games he played for the team last season. The 28-year-old safety should latch on with another team soon enough.
McDonald passed his physical Thursday and was activated from the PUP list, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
McDonald's stint on the PUP list was short, and he'll now resume practicing with teammates. The 28-year-old could reportedly see time at linebacker in 2019 as a result of Miami's overcrowded safety room, which includes Bobby McCain, Minkah Fitzpatrick and Reshad Jones. McDonald's reps in training camp will be worth monitoring.
The Dolphins placed McDonald (undisclosed) on their Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.
There were no reports that McDonald was dealing with an injury heading into training camp, so his stint on the PUP list could be short. He did, however, deal with an ankle injury at the end of the 2018 season, so that could be to blame for his absence. In any event, Minkah Fitzpatrick would stand to draw the starting free safety reps with McDonald sidelined.
McDonald could see time at linebacker in 2019, Hal Habib of The Palm Beach Post reports.
With Bobby McCain lining up at safety rather than cornerback this spring, the Dolphins are seemingly overstocked on talent in the secondary. Along with McCain, McDonald, Reshad Jones and Minkah Fitzpatrick are also proven commodities on the back end, though Jones and his hefty contract might could be on the trade block. Likely as a result of the logjam at safety, McDonald has been working closer to the line of scrimmage and isn't terribly undersized for those duties, given his listed size of 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds. If McDonald does see more action at linebacker in 2019, the role change could translate to more tackle opportunities.
McDonald (ankle) recorded 86 tackles, five passes defended, three interceptions and one fumble recovery during the regular season.
McDonald stepped up as a playmaker in Miami's secondary before sitting out the final two games of the regular season due to an undisclosed ankle issue. The 27-year-old did appear to have a small chance to suit up Week 16 and Week 17, so it's reasonable to speculate that he'll be able to recover from the injury in time to participate in offseason workouts. McDonald, whose three interceptions in 2018 were a career high, is entering the second year of his four-year contract with the Dolphins.
McDonald (ankle) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Bills, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
McDonald was a non-participant at practice this week as the likelihood of him playing Week 17 appears minimal. The Dolphins are already eliminated from the playoffs, so it seems unlikely the team would risk playing him on no practice reps in a game that will simply determine their draft pick. Minkah Fitzpatrick should continue to see increased snaps at free safety with McDonald trending downward for the season finale.
McDonald (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
McDonald was forced out of last week's game and hasn't been able to return to field since Week 15. With nothing to play for, the Dolphins may be inclined to shut down McDonald in hopes of avoiding any potential additional injuries. Such a decision is merely speculative, however. Miami will likely publicize its plans for McDonald as Sunday inches closer.
McDonald (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's game against Jacksonville.
McDonald's absence is no surprise after he was listed as doubtful prior to the game. Minkah Fitzpatrick or Walt Aikens will figure to draw the start while McDonald is out.
McDonald (ankle) is doubtful to play Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.
McDonald battled through the ankle issue last Sunday against the Vikings, but his prospects for Week 16 don't appear quite as optimistic. Rookie Minkah Fitzpatrick is the probable starter at free safety with the veteran unlikely to play.
McDonald (ankle) did not practice Wednesday.
McDonald was able to play through his lingering ankle injury during Miami's loss to the Vikings in Week 15, but his status for Sunday's tilt against the Jaguars is murky at best. If McDonald were to miss any time, Minkah Fitzpatrick would likely draw the start at free safety.
McDonald (ankle) was wearing a protective walking boot on his right foot/ankle following Sunday's loss to the Vikings, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.
McDonald was questionable for Sunday's game due to the ankle issue and tweaked it during the game but only exited briefly. The boot could be the team exercising caution but the severity of the situation should be clarified once the Dolphins return to practice Wednesday.
McDonald (ankle) is active for Sunday's Week 15 tilt against the Vikings.
The starting free safety practiced in limited fashion throughout the week, but he'll be available to help a Dolphins secondary already missing standout corner Xavien Howard (knee) defend the high-upside Vikings passing attack.
McDonald is questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings with an ankle injury, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
McDonald was a limited practice participant this week, as he apparently sustained the injury in last week's win over the Patriots. Cornerback Xavien Howard (knee) is already doubtful for Sunday's game, and the Dolphins can ill afford to be without another starter in the secondary.
McDonald posted 11 tackles (nine solo) and one fumble recovery during Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Colts.
McDonald logged his highest single-game tackle total of the year during Sunday's loss while also recovering a key fumble. The veteran has posted at least seven tackles in each of his last three games, and will look to have another strong performance against the Bills in Week 13.
McDonald recorded nine tackles (eight solo), two passes defended and one interception during Sunday's 13-6 win over the Jets.
McDonald was all over the field Week 9, and played a key role in holding rookie quarterback Sam Darnold to 229 yards, zero touchdowns and four interceptions. The veteran safety has logged a solid season thus far, and faces a tough matchup against the Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in Week 10.
McDonald (ankle) recorded eight tackles (six solo) in the Dolphins' 32-21 loss to the Lions on Sunday.
McDonald also played all of the defense's 64 snaps in Week 7. The starting safety has proven a worthwhile IDP asset throughout the season, but Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports that McDonald is nursing an ankle injury and was limited in Monday's practice. With a short week of practice ahead, McDonald's health is worth monitoring as Thursday's game against the Texans approaches.
McDonald (knee) is active for Sunday's Week 7 tilt against the Lions.
The veteran safety will parlay a week of full practice participation into active status. He'll look to help contain a potent Lions passing game headlined by the top receiving trio of Golden Tate, Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones.
McDonald (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
McDonald was a full participant in practice all throughout the week, but his game-time status apparently remains in question. If the starting safety is held out of the Week 7 contest, rookie Minkah Fitzpatrick would be in line for an increased snap count.
McDonald posted three tackles (two solo) and an interception in Sunday's win over Chicago.
McDonald's interception came in the fourth quarter of Sunday's outing. He snagged a pass from quarterback Mitch Trubisky in the end zone to save a score. McDonald now has two interceptions on the season for the 4-2 Dolphins. He'll look to stifle Matthew Stafford and the Lions offense in Week 7.