Ballage is a healthy inactive for Sunday's game against the Titans, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.
Kenyon Drake and Frank Gore are listed as the Dolphins' co-starters at running back and reserves Senorise Perry and Brandon Bolden are likely both slated for important roles on special teams, so there was no need for Miami to keep Ballage active as a fifth member of the backfield. The rookie out of Arizona State dealt with a concussion during the preseason that robbed him of two opportunities to impress the coaching staff, but if he shines in practices during the upcoming weeks, Ballage could make a case for being included in the Dolphins' game plans.
Ballage (concussion) took four carries for 25 yards and a touchdown and caught three of four targets for 37 yards in Thursday's preseason finale against Atlanta.
After missing the previous two games, Ballage got the starting nod Thursday and immediately took advantage of his opportunity on the first two drives of the night. He finishes the preseason with 14 carries for 62 yards (4.4 YPC) and six catches for 60 yards in two games, locking down the No. 3 RB spot behind Kenyan Drake and Frank Gore. It's a role that probably won't entail many touches, if any, during a Week 1 matchup with the Titans.
Ballage entered the concussion protocol after last Monday's practice session and his continued absence seems to indicate he could miss a second preseason game. Look for Senorise Perry to see some extra snaps if Ballage is sidelined for Saturday's contest against Baltimore.
Ballage remains in the concussion protocol and isn't practicing Tuesday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
The rookie fourth-round pick missed last week's preseason game in Carolina and isn't looking good for Saturday's exhibition against the Ravens. His absence isn't a huge concern in terms of Miami's Week 1 gameplan, considering Ballage is expected to start his career third or fourth on the backfield depth chart. If the concussion symptoms linger, Senorise Perry would see his roster odds improve.
Ballage has entered the concussion protocol and isn't taking part in Tuesday's practice, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
Ballage wasn't reported as absent from Monday's practice, so it sounds like he may have sustained the head injury during that session. In any case, it would appear unlikely that he'll be deemed fit to play in Friday's exhibition at Carolina, given the multiple phases of the protocol he would need to pass through ahead of time. Ballage, who tallied 60 total yards on 13 touches in the preseason opener, looks like the favorite to open his rookie campaign as the Dolphins' No. 3 back behind Kenyan Drake and Frank Gore.
|4||9/30/18||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|5||10/7/18||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|8||10/25/18||@ HOU||8:20 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|12||11/25/18||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ BUF||1:00 pm|