Will Fuller

Miami Dolphins
Wide Receiver #15
Miami Dolphins
Wide Receiver #15
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Will Fuller News

Recovering from surgery

Fuller (finger) had surgery recently, Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Fuller's Instagram post Monday morning shows him in what appears to be a hospital bed, with a large wrap around his left hand and a caption that reads, "dang finger man." The speedy wideout played just two games in 2021 after signing a one-year deal with Miami, missing the first two weeks with a foot injury and the final 13 games with a broken finger. He should have plenty of time to recover before 2022 training camp, even after dealing with some complications over the past few months. Fuller can become an unrestricted free agent again in March, about a month before his 28th birthday.

Feb 7, 2022 7:53 AM EST


Unlikely to return in 2021

Fuller (finger) suffered a setback recently and is unlikely to return this season, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Fuller had been sidelined since Week 5, and coach Brian Flores said Monday that the receiver will likely be held out for the final three games of the season following his setback. Assuming the 27-year-old remains sidelined for the remainder of the 2021 campaign, he had an underwhelming first season with the Dolphins, as he hauled in four of eight targets for 26 yards across two appearances.

Dec 20, 2021 10:12 AM EST



Not expected to practice this week

Coach Brian Flores said Monday that he doesn't expect Fuller (finger) to return to practice this week, Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Fuller hasn't taken the field since Week 4, and he's on track to miss another game following Miami's Week 14 bye. Flores didn't offer a timetable for when the 2016 first-rounder could return to practice, but the receiver is running out of time to return in 2021.

Dec 13, 2021 10:18 AM EST


Remains absent

Coach Brian Flores said Fuller (finger) will not participate in Wednesday's walkthrough practice, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Fuller still isn't ready to resume practicing to kick off Miami's bye, which would appear to bode poorly for his chances of returning for Week 15 versus the Jets. The veteran wideout hasn't taken the field since suffering a fractured finger Week 4, though DeVante Parker did manage to come off IR in time for Week 13's win over the Giants. As things currently stand, the Dolphins could have a hard time finding motivation to re-sign Fuller after his one-year deal expires during the 2022 offseason.

Dec 8, 2021 8:01 AM EST


Still not ready

Coach Brian Flores said Wednesday that Fuller (finger) will not resume practicing this week, Hal Habib of The Palm Beach Post reports.

Analysis: Fuller still isn't ready to resume practicing, which sets him up to miss a ninth consecutive game due to a finger fracture. After Sunday's matchup against the Giants the Dolphins will go on bye, meaning Fuller's next chance to return will come Week 15. On a positive note for Miami, Flores did say that DeVante Parker (shoulder) will return to practice Wednesday.

Dec 1, 2021 8:07 AM EST



Still not cleared for practice

Dolphins head coach Brian Flores said that Fuller (finger), who remains on injured reserve, is making progress won't rejoin the team for practice Wednesday, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Fuller has already missed seven consecutive games due to his fractured finger, making him eligible to return from IR whenever the Dolphins deem him ready. Though Flores didn't offer any indication that Fuller has plateaued or regressed in his recovery from the injury, the fact that he won't practice as the Dolphins begin preparations for Sunday's game against the Panthers most likely points to the receiver missing another game. Miami also declined to designate DeVante Parker (shoulder) for return from IR on Wednesday, an early sign that he'll be sidelined for a fourth straight contest this weekend. If that's the case, rookie wideout Jaylen Waddle and tight end Mike Gesicki would likely be in for another week as quarterback Tua Tagovailoa's top targets in the passing game.

Nov 24, 2021 8:49 AM EST


Uncertain for Week 12

Coach Brian Flores said Monday that he's unsure whether Fuller (finger) will be designated to return from IR in Week 12, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Fuller has missed seven straight games while recovering from a fractured finger, and it looks like his absence streak could extend into an eighth week. Flores also said he's uncertain whether DeVante Parker (shoulder) will be designated to resume practicing, meaning both starting wideouts could end up missing another game. In his inaugural season with the Dolphins, Fuller has thus far only seen the field on two occasions.

Nov 22, 2021 9:11 AM EST


Unlikely to return Week 11

Coach Brian Flores said Monday that Fuller (finger) is unlikely to play Sunday against the Jets, Hal Habib of The Palm Beach Post reports.

Analysis: Flores indicated late last week that Fuller could return to the field in Week 11, but it appears as though he'll require at least one more week to recover. If he's ultimately sidelined against the Jets, Mack Hollins and Albert Wilson should continue to see additional work behind Jaylen Waddle since DeVante Parker (shoulder) is also on injured reserve.

Nov 15, 2021 10:10 AM EST


Could be back Week 11

Coach Brian Flores said Friday that it's possible Fuller (finger) returns to practice and plays Week 11, Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Fuller appears to have made decent recovery progress in the recent days, so it's possible his six-game absence streak comes to an end versus the Jets on Nov. 21. The field-stretcher's inaugural campaign with the Dolphins has been underwhelming thus far, to say the least, as through the halfway point of the regular season Fuller has only suited up for two games, with four catches for 26 yards on eight targets. With DeVante Parker (shoulder) on IR, a return by Fuller could provide Miami's aerial attack with some much-needed explosiveness.

Nov 12, 2021 8:22 AM EST


Seemingly making progress

Coach Brian Flores indicated Tuesday that Fuller (finger) suffered a significant injury but that he's received "favorable news the last couple of days," Hal Habib of The Palm Beach Post reports.

Analysis: Fuller would seem to be inching closer to returning from injured reserve, though Flores didn't go into detail about the injury itself or what exactly the news is. In any case, Fuller has already been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Ravens. Depending on the extent of Fuller's progress, there's a chance he could rejoin the action following the extended lead-up to the Week 11 clash with the Jets.

Nov 9, 2021 10:09 AM EST


Remains out Thursday

Coach Brian Flores said Monday that Fuller (finger) won't be activated from injured reserve ahead of Thursday's game against the Ravens, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Fuller was unable to return to practice ahead of Sunday's win over the Texans, and he'll remain on injured reserve against Baltimore. The receiver's next chance to return to game action will be Nov. 21 against the Jets.

Nov 8, 2021 9:05 AM EST


Won't practice this week

Fuller (finger) won't return to practice this week, Travis Wingfield of the Dolphins' official site reports.

Analysis: Fuller has been on IR with a finger injury since early October, and he's in line to miss a fifth straight game in Sunday's Week 9 matchup against the Texans. Coach Brian Flores hasn't yet indicated when the 2016 first-rounder will be able to practice.

Nov 1, 2021 11:18 AM EST


Won't return this weekend

Fuller (finger) won't be activated from injured reserve for Sunday's game against the Bills, Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The 27-year-old will be sidelined for the fourth consecutive game after suffering a broken finger Week 4 against the Colts. It's not yet clear when Fuller is expected to return to practice, and for the immediate future he'll remain on injured reserve.

Oct 29, 2021 8:16 AM EST


Not expected to return in Week 8

Fuller (finger) isn't expected to return for Sunday's Week 8 matchup against Buffalo, Travis Wingfield of the Dolphins' official site reports.

Analysis: Fuller has spent the last three weeks on IR with a broken finger, and coach Brian Flores said Monday that he thinks the 2016 first-rounder is getting closer to his return. However, Preston Williams, Mack Hollins and Albert Wilson should continue to see additional snaps against the Bills.

Oct 25, 2021 11:16 AM EST


Headed to IR

The Dolphins have placed Fuller (finger) on IR.

Analysis: The move sets the stage for Fuller, who is dealing with a finger injury, to miss at least three games. In his absence, DeVante Parker and Jaylen Waddle are in line to head Miami's wideout corps, with Albert Wilson and perhaps Preston Williams, next up for added snaps for the next few weeks.

Oct 6, 2021 8:47 AM EST


Ruled out against Buccaneers

Fuller (finger) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Fuller is considered week-to-week after he suffered a broken finger in Sunday's loss to Indianapolis, and he'll miss at least one game. The 2016 first-rounder will undergo further testing to determine how quickly he'll be able to return to the field, but Albert Wilson is in line for an increased role in Week 5.

Oct 4, 2021 11:23 AM EST


Suffers broken finger

Fuller suffered a broken finger in Sunday's loss to the Colts and is considered week-to-week, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Fuller dealt with chest and elbow injuries ahead of Sunday's Week 4 contest, but he's now dealing with a finger injury that could force him to miss additional time. If the 27-year-old is sidelined, Albert Wilson will likely be in line for increased work alongside DeVante Parker and Jaylen Waddle.

Oct 4, 2021 10:31 AM EST


Injures hand

Fuller was forced out of Sunday's game against the Colts with a hand injury.

Analysis: Prior to his exit from the contest, Fuller caught one of his two targets for six yards. In his absence, Albert Wilson is a candidate to see added WR snaps alongside Jaylen Waddle and DeVante Parker.

Oct 3, 2021 10:59 AM EST


No injury designation for Week 4

Fuller (chest/elbow) doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Colts.

Analysis: Fuller has trended in the right direction throughout the week, upgrading to limited participation Thursday after sitting out Wednesday, then practicing in full Friday to shed his injury label. After a quiet season debut in which he totaled just 20 yards, Fuller will look to step it up in the second appearance of his Dolphins tenure.

Oct 1, 2021 12:59 PM EST


On track for Sunday

Coach Brian Flores said Friday that Fuller (chest/elbow) is expected to play Sunday versus the Colts, Travis Wingfield of the Dolphins' official site reports.

Analysis: Fuller returned to practice as a limited participant Thursday after sitting out Wednesday's session due to the chest and elbow issues, and it appears neither injury will affect his availability for Week 4. Whether the 27-year-old receives the questionable tag will be cleared up when Miami releases its final injury report of the week later Friday.

Oct 1, 2021 8:37 AM EST


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