Like every NFL team, the Miami Dolphins had to trim their roster to 80 players by 4 pm ET today.
Unfortunately, one of the moves Miami made to get there was putting former Kentucky Wildcats star Lynn Bowden Jr. on injured reserve, which will likely keep him out all of 2021.
There’s a small possibility that he could play this season, which Dolphins beat reporter Barry Jackson outlined. That said, the Dolphins would have to reach an injury agreement, waive him, hope another team doesn’t claim him, then re-sign him, which seems likely an unlikely scenario.
And Lynn Bowden goes on injured reserve. Only way he can play for Dolphins this season is if he reaches injury settlement, is waived and re-signed by Miami https://t.co/ahZ7DJUgnF— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) August 24, 2021
The 5-foot-11 Bowden Jr. was an absolute superstar at Kentucky, but his best season was as a wide receiver-turned-QB in 2019. He was then taken in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Las Vegas Raiders, moved to running back, traded to the Dolphins, and finally moved back to receiver.
Bowden saw snaps in 10 games and even started four of them. He accrued 37 targets and had 28 receptions for 211 yards. He added nine rushes for 32 yards and failed to score either a receiving or rushing touchdown.
Overall, it wasn’t the most impactful season, but after changing positions, it was never going to be a breakout season for Bowden. He should be expected to have a better understanding of his use and role next season.
Bowden initially was taken off the field due to a hamstring injury during a joint practice with the Atlanta Falcons last week. While it could linger, Bowden would’ve likely been able to contribute at some point in the season.
The 23-year-old could return, but it seems unlikely Miami would be willing to waive Bowden and risk losing him to another team.
Now, for something more positive.
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