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Top News: Howard AFC Defensive Player Of The Week

Posted Dec 13, 2017

Cornerback Xavien Howard joined some pretty elite company Wednesday when he was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the 27-17 victory against the New England Patriots.



Howard became the fifth Dolphins cornerback to win the award, joining Sam Madison, Terrell Buckley and Brent Grimes, and the first to do it since 2014. He’s the first Dolphins defensive player to win a weekly award since 2015 when Cameron Wake did it.

Howard had two interceptions against the Patriots to become the first player in franchise history with consecutive games with multiple interceptions.

He’s the second player to win a weekly award this year, following kicker Cody Parkey, who was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 2.



Practice plan: Wednesday usually is the heaviest practice day on a week that ends with a Sunday game, but Head Coach Adam Gase has taken a different approach again with the Dolphins coming off a Monday night game. Just as he did after the Monday night game against Carolina, Gase gave his players Wednesday off after having them come in for meetings Tuesday. The Dolphins will be back at practice Thursday.

Weather watch: The Dolphins likely aren’t going to be playing in a blizzard Sunday in Buffalo like the one we saw last weekend, though there is a possibility of snow at some point during the day. The forecast for Buffalo on Sunday, according to weather.com, calls for temperatures around 33-35 degree with a 40 percent chance of precipitation and 7 mph winds. The forecast calls for a mix of light rain and snow later in the day.

Broadcast news: Beth Mowins (play-by-play) and former Dolphins kicker Jay Feely (color analyst) will call the Dolphins-Bills game for CBS.
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