Dolphins starting cornerback Byron Jones out at least first four games of season

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The Miami Dolphins will be without starting cornerback Byron Jones for at least the first four games of the season after placing him on the reserve/physically unable to perform list on Tuesday.

Jones sat out Miami's entire training camp after having surgery on his left Achilles tendon in March, but the team was hoping he'd be able to take the field for the season opener against the visiting New England Patriots on September 11.

On Sunday, first-year Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel said he was not sure what would happen with Jones before Miami had to trim its roster to 53 players by Tuesday's deadline.

"There's like so many things going on, especially when you have a competitive roster like we do," McDaniel said. “So we've kind of had it pinpointed, but it's a fluid situation that has to do with him and a lot of other players."

Jones signed with the Dolphins in March 2020 after spending his first five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. The 27th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft has played in 109 career games with 103 starts, totalling 421 tackles (326 solo), four interceptions, 57 passes defensed and five forced fumbles.

Jones earned second-team All-Pro honors and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2018.