Terron Armstead has been at practice for a few weeks after being activated from the PUP list. The Dolphins left tackle is not a lock to have ramped up in time to play in the season opener, however.
Armstead underwent arthroscopic knee surgery this offseason, and his recovery from the procedure has him up against the clock to return to playing shape in time for Week 1. That process is ongoing, and the 32-year-old is well aware that he has plenty of work to do to be available when needed. He is encouraged by the progress he has made recently, though.
“I’m still getting ready. I don’t feel like I’m fully ready yet for the regular season, but we don’t have a game yet,” Armstead said, via the team’s website. “Still working through that process. Trying to get more reps to get more game-ready and get my body feeling optimal. Just get it as good as possible to go out and play some ball.”
The longtime Saints blindside blocker is entering the second season of his five-year, $75MM contract with Miami. He earned a fourth Pro Bowl nod in his debut Dolphins season, playing a critical role on the team’s new-look offensive line. That unit has seen further changes this offseason with the additions of Isaiah Wynn and Dan Feeney, but Armstead will again be counted on as the anchor of the Dolphins’ offensive front when on the field.
“We had an initial plan,” the latter added when asked about his current practice schedule. “But as we go and things kind of pop up or need more work in this area, less work in this area. So just playing it like that. I’ve been around for a long time now, so I know what’s needed to get prepared. I feel like it’s time to ramp up some more.”
If Armstead does miss time, Miami has a number of options to choose from as a spot-starter at the left tackle spot. None would be expected to deliver the same level of play, however, so the progress he continues to make in the coming days and weeks will be worth watching closely.