Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore will miss mutiple practices with a shoulder injury, the team announced before Friday’s 8 a.m. practice.
Rookie wide receiver Matt Hazel, the sixth-round pick from Coastal Carolina, and linebacker Tariq Edwards, an undrafted free agent from Virgina Tech, will also miss multiple practices. None of the trio are starters or competing to be starters.
The Dolphins, whose previous policy was not to comment on injuries, are making an effort to be more open this season.
It’s not known how Moore injured his shoulder but he didn’t make many throws, if any, in Thursday’s practice. It’s assumed third-team quarterback Pat Devlin will again take the majority of snaps with the second-team offense.
Hazel was injured Thursday when rookie linebacker Chris McCain hit him after a reception. Hazel didn’t finish practice.
Most likely Moore, Hazel and Edwards won’t play in Saturday’s scrimmage at Sun Life Stadium.
Moore, an eight-year veteran who has been with the Dolphins since the 2011 season, is viewed as one of the top backup quarterbacks in the NFL. He is likely trying to rest his arm so he could play in the Aug. 8 exhibition opener against the Atlanta Falcons.
Devlin will take over as Ryan Tannehill's top backup, running the second-team offense. And recently signed quarterback Seth Lobato will have his snap count elevated. The Dolphins waived Brock Jensen, the former North Dakota State State standout, to add Lobato, who has a noticeably stronger arm.
Devlin, a former Delaware standout, is entering his fourth season with the Dolphins, but he hasn't played in an NFL regular season game yet.
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