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Dolphins WR Jaylen Waddle injury: What status means for Wild Card Round vs. Chiefs

Dolphins WR is dealing with an ankle injury going into the Wild Card Round vs. Kansas City Chiefs. We provide the latest updates with analysis.

Jaylen Waddle of the Miami Dolphins runs the ball during the fourth quarter in the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Hard Rock Stadium on December 24, 2023 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images

The Miami Dolphins go on the road to take on the Kansas City Chiefs in the Wild Card Round of the 2024 NFL Playoffs on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET from K.C. The Dolphins dropped down to the No. 6 seed in the conference with a loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 18 to decide the AFC East. The ‘Phins didn’t have WR Jaylen Waddle for that contest. He was forced to miss another game due to an ankle injury. We’ll see if Waddle can get on the field for a key matchup vs. Kansas City in the postseason.

2024 NFL Playoff injury report

Update — Waddle is officially active.

Jaylen Waddle impact

Waddle goes into this contest listed as questionable to play due to the ankle injury. Normally we get reports from the night before giving us some intel into whether or not players are going to play. Apparently the playoffs are different. So we don’t have any immediate updates on Waddle as of Saturday morning. It’s a night game, so we’ll get inactives for the Dolphins some time around 6:30-45 p.m. ET.

Waddle is as close to questionable as you can get. We can’t really tell you with any certainty whether he’s going to play or not. So really we need to approach this thing from both angles. If Waddle plays, it bodes well for the Dolphins offense. The weather is supposed to be freezing cold in Kansas City. The passing game may not be much of a factor but the more able-handed receivers the better. The ball is going to get rock hard and tough to catch in these conditions.

NFL DFS analysis

At $6,500, Waddle isn’t a bad pivot if he’s active. There’s risk of re-injury, especially in the bad weather conditions. But we know that most lineups will see the Q or not know the deal, and fade Waddle in the main slate. If that’s the case, Waddle could give you good leverage off of other wide receivers like Mike Evans, Nico Collins and Puka Nacua among others.