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Will Fuller

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

Slow day in Dolphins debut

Fuller caught three of six targets for 20 yards and secured a two-point conversion during Sunday's overtime loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: Fill-in quarterback Jacoby Brissett totaled only 215 yards on 49 pass attempts, with 25 of those passes intended for Jaylen Waddle and Mike Gesicki, most of which came in the short passing game. After missing the first two games of the season, Fuller's debut with Miami was affected heavily by the absence of Tua Tagovailoa (ribs), as Brissett's reliance on short passes doesn't mesh well with Fuller's skillset as a downfield threat. Fuller's fantasy outlook may remain limited until Tagovailoa is able to return from injured reserve, which won't be until after Week 5.

Sep 27, 2021 2:58 PM EST


Participating in practice

Fuller is practicing Thursday, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.

Analysis: Fuller hasn't been listed on Miami's injury report since returning to team facilities. After missing the first week of the season due to a suspension and Week 2 due to a personal issue, all signs now point to Fuller making his team debut during Sunday's game against the Raiders. With Jacoby Brissett set to start under center in place of Tua Tagovailoa (ribs), Miami's offense can use all the skill-position help possible.

Sep 23, 2021 9:08 AM EST



Set to make Dolphins debut Week 3

Fuller (personal) returned to team facilities Monday and is expected to make his 2021 debut against Las Vegas in Week 3, Cameron Wolfe of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Fuller missed Week 1 due to a suspension and Week 2 because of a personal issue, but the 27-year-old speedster now looks primed to make his long anticipated debut in aqua, orange and white. After having also missed much of training camp due to a foot injury, Fuller may not immediately be called upon to handle an every-down role for the Dolphins. Of course, it also wouldn't be a surprise to see Fuller act as one of Miami's starters alongside DeVante Parker and Jaylen Waddle right out of the gate. However, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (ribs) is considered day-to-day and looks uncertain to face the Raiders.

Sep 20, 2021 11:07 AM EST


Out Sunday with personal issue

Coach Brian Flores said Fuller won't play Sunday against the Bills due to a personal matter, Cameron Wolfe of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Fuller was absent from Thursday's practice and will have his debut with Miami pushed back due the personal matter that recently surfaced. It's unclear how long the 27-year-old is expected to be sidelined, but he'll remain on the active roster for the time being. DeVante Parker, Jaylen Waddle and Preston Williams should operate as the Dolphins top three wide receivers.

Sep 17, 2021 8:10 AM EST


Absence not injury-related

Fuller's absence from Thursday's practice was not-injury related, Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The report notes that Fuller, who was reinstated from the reserve/suspended list Monday, was tending to a personal matter Thursday. The Dolphins' Friday practice/injury report will reveal whether there is any question regarding Fuller's status for Sunday's game against the Bills.

Sep 16, 2021 12:38 PM EST



Not spotted at practice

Fuller wasn't spotted during the media-access portion of Thursday's practice, Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Fuller wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report, so added clarity with regard to his Week 2 status should arrive no later the release of the Dolphins' upcoming Thursday report. The wideout, who missed the team's season opener, was reinstated from the reserve/suspended list Monday.

Sep 16, 2021 9:35 AM EST


Uncertain role for Week 2?

Coach Brian Flores said he isn't sure what Fuller's role will be Sunday against the Bills, Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Fuller missed nearly all of training camp with a foot injury, but he returned to practice in late August before serving the final game of a six-game suspension in Week 1. While a full-time role right out of the gate wouldn't exactly surprise, Miami does have enough depth to ease Fuller into action without sacrificing too much on the field. DeVante Parker, Jaylen Waddle and Albert Wilson were the team's top three WRs in the Week 1 win over New England, combining for 8-142-1 on 15 targets.

Sep 15, 2021 11:52 AM EST


Gets back on practice field

Fuller (foot) is participating in Tuesday's practice, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Fuller has missed over three weeks of practices, with Tuesday marking just his second day of practice since the start of training camp. Nevertheless, the Dolphins appear to expect the speedy wideout to be available for Week 2, when he will be eligible to make his 2021 debut after serving the last game of his lingering suspension. Fuller is set for a starting role in Miami's offense and expected to handle a key role as Tua Tagovailoa's go-to deep threat, but having missed most of the preseason could make it difficult for the 27-year-old to get off to a hot start.

Aug 24, 2021 10:10 AM EST


Missing third week of practice

Fuller (foot) has missed practice for three weeks now, but coach Brian Flores says the wideout is "getting closer" to a return, Adam H. Beasley of Pro Football Network reports.

Analysis: The Dolphins reportedly still expect Fuller to be ready for Week 2, after he serves the sixth and final game of last year's PED suspension on opening weekend. The team hasn't provided much information on the current issue, but Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported it as a foot injury in late July. The speedy wideout could perhaps still make an appearance in the final game of the preseason if he makes it back to practice this week.

Aug 19, 2021 1:36 PM EST


Won't play, as expected

Fuller (foot) will not play in Saturday's preseason game against Chicago.

Analysis: Fuller hasn't practiced since the end of July and thus seems unlikely to make it back for even the second week of the preseason. He does have some extra time to recover, as he's already ruled out for Week 1 to serve the sixth and final game of last year's PED suspension. Fellow Miami wideouts DeVante Parker, Albert Wilson and Allen Hurns also will miss Saturday's game.

Aug 14, 2021 8:48 AM EST


Continues string of absences

Fuller (foot) won't practice Wednesday, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.

Analysis: Fuller has been absent from practice since injuring his foot on the second day of training camp. Dolphins coach Brian Flores maintain it isn't serious, but even if that's true, it isn't ideal for Fuller to miss most of training camp in his first season with a new team and new QB. He does have a bit of extra time to prepare for the start of his season, as he'll have to serve the final game of his six-game suspension Week 1. In the meantime, Fuller can play in preseason games, though he's unlikely to suit up for Saturday's opener against the Bears.

Aug 11, 2021 7:08 AM EST


Still not practicing

Fuller (foot) will not practice Saturday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Fuller is pushing close to two weeks of missed practice time after injuring his foot during the second day of training camp. Head coach Brian Flores has continually downplayed the severity of the injury, but given Fuller's injury history, any extended absence is at least cause for some concern. The 27-year-old is set to miss Week 1 as he completes his six-game suspension dating back to last Novemeber.

Aug 7, 2021 7:54 AM EST


Absent again

Fuller (foot/suspension) will miss another practice Wednesday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: It's now been a week since Fuller injured his foot on the second day of training camp. He hasn't practiced since, but coach Brian Flores downplayed the severity of the foot injury when he spoke to the media this past weekend. Meanwhile, DeVante Parker is expected to practice Wednesday, suiting up for a second time in the past three days after spending the initial part of camp on the PUP list.

Aug 4, 2021 7:37 AM EST


Injury severity downplayed

Coach Brian Flores considers Fuller (foot) "day-to-day" and hopes to have him back at practice "as quick as possible," Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Fuller participated in Miami's first practice of training camp, but he's since missed three days due to a foot injury. Flores said the oft-injured speedster is "getting rehab and working to take care of [his body]." After averaging a career-high 16.6 yards per reception through 11 games in Houston last season, Fuller linked with the Dolphins on a one-year pact, setting him up for a pivotal role as Tua Tagovailoa's top downfield weapon. Given his importance to Miami's offense, the team has every reason to be cautious with Fuller, and make sure that there's no risk of injury aggravation when he returns to the field. Even if fully healthy, though, a suspension will force Fuller to spend Week 1 on the sideline.

Aug 1, 2021 7:24 AM EST


Has foot injury

The injury that sidelined Fuller on Saturday has been clarified as a foot injury, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Fuller's day-to-day as he waits for his foot to heal. There's little reason for the Dolphins to rush the oft-injured speedster back at this point.

Jul 31, 2021 12:46 PM EST


Injury day-to-day not week-to-week

Fuller (undisclosed) is day-to-day and won't practice Saturday, Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post reports.

Analysis: Coach Brian Flores clarified that Fuller is day-to-day rather than week-to-week with his undisclosed injury, so the wide receiver's likely to heal up well before Miami's Aug. 14 preseason opener. Once the regular season rolls around, Fuller will have to sit out Week 1 due to a suspension, even if he's healthy enough to play.

Jul 31, 2021 11:51 AM EST


Not practicing Friday

Fuller (suspension) remains absent from practice Friday, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.

Analysis: Fuller is dealing with an unspecified minor injury. He reportedly had a chance to practice Thursday but will now wind up sitting for at least two days.

Jul 30, 2021 9:07 AM EST


Held out of practice

Fuller (undisclosed) isn't practicing Thursday, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: The wideout reportedly is bothered by a minor injury, with coach Brian Flores even suggesting Thursday morning that Fuller might be able to practice through it. The Dolphins ultimately held him out, freeing up first-team reps for the likes of Albert Wilson, Jakeem Grant and Lynn Bowden, in addition to rookie first-round pick Jaylen Waddle. Meanwhile, Fuller, DeVante Parker (undisclosed) and Preston Williams (foot) are all unavailable for practice.

Jul 29, 2021 8:14 AM EST


Dealing with minor injury

Fuller (suspension) is dealing with a minor injury but may still practice Thursday, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Even if he sits out, it's a good sign that the Dolphins are at least considering letting him practice. Fuller needs to serve the final game of his suspension Week 1, but after that, it won't come as any surprise if he emerges as QB Tua Tagovailoa's favorite pass catcher. Granted, there are other candidates for that designation, namely DeVante Parker, Jaylen Waddle and TE Mike Gesicki.

Jul 29, 2021 6:56 AM EST


Bringing speed to Miami

Fuller (suspension) is signing a one-year contract with the Dolphins, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Fuller finally managed to put together a healthy season in 2020, but he was forced to miss his final five games with the Texans due to a six-game PED suspension, so he won't be eligible to debut for the Dolphins until Week 2. The soon-to-be 27-year-old will bring a much needed big-play factor to Miami's receiving corps once he's available, slotting in as the passing game's premier deep threat while DeVante Parker and Preston Williams (foot) operate as contested catch specialists. Fuller is certainly betting on himself by taking a one-year 'prove-it' deal, but if he can stay healthy and open things up for Tua Tagovailoa downfield, he'll position himself well for a lucrative multi-year contract come 2022.

Mar 18, 2021 1:03 PM EST


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