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Jaylen Waddle questionable for Week 5 vs. Jets

We break down the news that Jaylen Waddle has a groin injury. What it means for Week 5 and beyond.

Wide receiver Jaylen Waddle #17 of the Miami Dolphins is tackled by safety Damar Hamlin #3 of the Buffalo Bills after he catches the ball in the third quarter of the game at Hard Rock Stadium on September 25, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images

Friday PM Update: Waddle is officially questionable for Sunday’s game in Week 5.

Friday early update: Waddle was seen at Dolphins practice which is a good sign he can play this weekend.

Thursday afternoon update: Waddle was practicing on Thursday, per David Furones. That’s some positive news for the team ahead of Sunday’s matchup against the Jets.

The Miami Dolphins will be short-staffed this week against the New York Jets. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has already been ruled out due to a concussion. More concerning injury news came on Wednesday as wide receiver Jaylen Waddle didn’t practice. He is dealing with a groin injury.

Fantasy football implications

Groin injuries are fickle because they are easy to aggravate. His practice participation will be important to monitor this week. If Waddle can get some practice in this week, he is a solid start against the Jets defense. He has weekly upside with Tagovailoa under center, but it will be Teddy Bridgewater this week. Bridgewater will still need to air the ball out and is one of the more accurate backups in the league. If Waddle is active, you’ll still start him in your lineups.

If Waddle sits, this likely just means that more targets will be had by Tyreek Hill. Cedrick Wilson Jr. would technically be the next man up for the wide receivers, but he wouldn't automatically have more fantasy relevance. He would only be for a desperate dart throw in deeper leagues if you had to pivot to someone else on the Dolphins for some reason.