Quarterback Brock Osweiler will make his second consecutive start for the Dolphins when they face the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
Head Coach Adam Gase said Wednesday that Ryan Tannehill again will have to sit out because of a shoulder injury. Gase said Tannehill's status remains day-to-day and it's too early to determine whether the quarterback will be ready for the next game, the Thursday night battle against the Houston Texans on Oct. 25.
Tannehill was at practice Wednesday, but Gase said he did not throw.
Osweiler, who will be making his 27th career NFL start, completed 28 of 44 passes for 380 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in the 31-28 overtime victory against the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
Back in action: Linebacker Mike Hull and offensive lineman Jake Brendel, who have been on injured reserve since Sept. 3, both returned to practice Wednesday. Hull and Brendel are eligible to be activated to the 53-man roster as early as Oct. 26, the day after the Thursday night game against the Houston Texans, and as late as Nov. 8. After that date, the players would remain on IR for the rest of the season. Because teams are allowed to designate only two players for return from IR, Hull and Brendel practicing officially meant the end of the season for every other Dolphins player placed on IR after the roster cuts to 53: QB Luke Falk, DE William Hayes, C Daniel Kilgore and G Josh Sitton.
Wake watch: Another positive development on the injury front was the return to practice of defensive end Cameron Wake. Wake, who was inactive for the past two games, had not practiced since sustaining a knee injury in the game against the New England Patriots on Sept. 30.
Wilson gets award: Albert Wilson joined some select company Wednesday when he was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week. Honored for his performance in the 31-28 overtime victory against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Wilson became the fifth Dolphins wide receiver to be named AFC Offensive Player of the Week since the award began in 1984, and the first since Chris Chambers won it in 2005. The other Dolphins wide receivers to win the award were Mark Clayton (1984), Mark Duper (1987) and Mark Ingram (1994). Against the Bears, Wilson had six catches for 155 yards and two touchdowns. His performance included a huge fourth quarter, during which he had five catches for 150 yards and touchdowns of 43 and 75 yards to help the Dolphins erase deficits of 21-13 and 28-21. The 150 receiving yards represented the third-highest fourth-quarter total in the NFL since 1991. What's more impressive is that Wilson did the bulk of the work on the two touchdowns, because he scored his 43-yard touchdown after catching a pass at the line of scrimmage and he scored his 75-yard touchdown after catching the ball 4 yards downfield. Thanks to those two plays, Wilson leads the NFL in average yards after catch at 14.06. The last time a Dolphins player won an AFC weekly award was for Week 14 of the 2017 season when cornerback Xavien Howard was recognized for his performance in a victory against the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium. The last Dolphins offensive weekly award came in Week 16 of 2016 when running back Jay Ajayi was honored for his play against the Buffalo Bills.
Comings and goings: The Dolphins made two more roster moves Wednesday when they placed linebacker Chase Allen on injured reserve and re-signed safety Maurice Smith. Allen appeared in five games with one start this season, but missed the game against the New England Patriots on Sept. 30 because of a foot injury. Smith was waived Monday when the Dolphins re-signed tackle Sam Young.