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Miami Dolphins Will Be Without This Star Wide Receiver In Week 17

The Miami Dolphins have an opportunity to keep their first-seed aspirations alive this weekend when they take on the Ravens. Miami leads the AFC East with an 11-4 record and sits in the AFC's second seed entering Week 17.

But Miami will be without one of their starting offensive weapons, as wide receiver Jaylen Waddle was ruled out on Friday, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Waddle has recorded 1,014 receiving yards and four touchdowns on 72 catches this season. The 25-year-old suffered an ankle injury during last weekend's 22-20 win over the Dallas Cowboys.

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Next Man Up

Miami had 14 players on Thursday's injury report, including starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. However Tua will start this weekend. Wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Robbie Chosen were both listed as limited earlier in the week.

With so many injuries at the position, Cedrick Wilson Jr, Braxton Berrios and Chase Claypool could play larger roles against the Ravens on Sunday. Cedrick Wilson is the Dolphins' fourth-leading receiver with 245 yards and two touchdowns.

Dolphins Can Clinch AFC East On Sunday

It's pretty simple for the Miami Dolphins this weekend. If they win, they'll win a division title for the first time since 2008. A win in Baltimore would also keep their hopes of a first-round playoff BYE. 

The Dolphins could also win the AFC East division title with a Buffalo Bills loss at home against the New England Patriots. 

Meanwhile for the Baltimore Ravens, if they win, they'll clinch the AFC's number one seed, which would give them an extra week's rest, along with home-field advantage throughout the postseason.

Dolphins VS Ravens Quick Preview

This weekend's Dolphins/Ravens game is the must-watch game of the week, which is evident from the CBS coverage map, courtesy of The areas in red will show Dolphins at Ravens.

From a historical point of view, this will be the 19th all-time meeting between the Ravens and Dolphins. Baltimore has won 10 of the previous 18 matchups. However, Miami has won the previous two games, including last season's outing when the Dolphins won 42-38.

On the betting side of things, Baltimore is a three-point favorite and sits at -180 on the money line. The game's total is set at 47.0. 

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