Miami Dolphins receiver Will Fuller out Sunday with a personal matter. And an injury update

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Dolphins coach Brian Flores said Friday that receiver Will Fuller will not play Sunday because of a personal issue.

Fuller left the team facility Thursday and did not practice Thursday or Friday.

Flores said he had no timetable for when Fuller would return and asked that his privacy be respected. Flores declined to reveal the nature of the personal issue.

Flores, asked if Fuller will return to team this season, would not say.

“One day at a time,” Flores said. “He has my support. Things happen. When they happen, they’re not part of normal everyday [circumstances], it’s a surprise from that standpoint. He’s dealing with it. We’ll support him.”

Flores also declined to say if Fuller will be back next week. Miami plays at Las Vegas in Week 3.

Fuller will remain on the 53-man roster, Flores said.

Fuller missed the opener because he was serving the final game of a six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing substance policy.

Fuller — whose 16.5 yards per catch last season was sixth highest in the NFL — spoke with reporters after practicing on Wednesday and said he was eager for this new career challenge, after signing a one-year, $10.6 million deal with another $3 million in incentives.

“Catching balls from Tua [Tagovailoa] in a live practice felt good,” he said Wednesday. “I’m ready to play at Hard Rock for the first time... I tried to learn from the mistakes I made [with regard to the NFL suspension]. I’m happy to be back playing football.”

Flores declined to say if receiver Preston Williams will play Sunday. But he was limited in Friday’s practice because of foot and knee issues, and is listed as questionable for the game. Williams, who sustained a major foot injury last November, played in the preseason finale but missed the season opener at New England.

“He’s definitely improving from a health standpoint,” Flores said. “We will see how today’s practice goes.”

With Fuller’s absence extended at least another week, Flores said “the next guy will step in and get reps.”

Beyond Williams, other receivers available are DeVante Parker, Jaylen Waddle, Albert Wilson, Jakeem Grant and Mac Hollins. Against New England, Parker played 45 of Miami’s 54 offensive snaps, Waddle 43, Wilson 22 and Grant and Hollins seven apiece.

Flores addressed other issues:

He declined to say if Benito Jones or Jabaal Sheard — two practice squad defensive linemen — would be elevated to the active roster Sunday to replace defensive lineman Raekwon Davis, who’s on injured reserve with a knee injury.

Either could play Sunday without counting toward the 53-man roster, under NFL rules. A particular player can be “elevated” twice per season without counting toward the 53.

“Both guys we fell good about, practiced well,” Flores said. “We’ll see how today’s practice goes.”

Flores said the team has decided to “go out for the national anthem” this season, something that the team did not do last season because players were protesting social injustice. Receiver Albert Wilson was the only Dolphins player who knelt during the anthem before Sunday’s game.

He said Bills quarterback Josh Allen “has more presence, more command of the offense. He has a better understanding of defense and where he wants to go with the ball. Can make positive plays with his legs.”

SHAHEEN: NO REGRETS

Tight end Adam Shaheen - who missed the opener because he tested positive for COVID-19 - said he does not regret not getting the vaccine. Most of the Dolphins roster has been vaccinated. He said he had no symptoms.

“I was positive so I knew I wasn’t going to be able to do anything,” Shaheen said. “It sucked.”

Shaheen is available for Sunday’s game.

▪ The Bills listed receiver Gabriel Davis, defensive tackle Star Lotulelei and defensive end Efe Obada as questionable for Sunday’s Dolphins game.

▪ Allen — who is 5-1 against Miami with 17 touchdowns and four interceptions — said of this weekend’s game: “Sunday will be a good test against a really good in-division opponent. They’re playing well. Going back to last year, they played really well. But this year’s a new year. What we did last year, what they did last year, really, what we did last week and what they did last week, it doesn’t matter.”

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