Will Fuller's return to action a hit a minor snag Thursday, though it turns out it was not injury-related.
The Miami Dolphins wide receiver did not practice Thursday and the participation report released later in the day indicated his absence was due to a personal matter.
Fuller was not listed on the first injury report that came Wednesday after he took part in his first practice of the regular season, after which he addressed the media for the first time since being removed from the NFL's Suspended by Commissioner list Monday.
Asked what he was most excited regarding his return to action, Fuller said, “Just being back out there playing, helping the team win. That’s why I play the game. I like helping my team win. Whatever it takes for me to go out there and help my team win, that’s what I’m going to do.”
Fuller was suspended for six games last season while a member of the Houston Texans and served the first games of that suspension in 2020, completing the suspension in the season opener at New England on Sunday.
Fuller didn't play in any of the Dolphins preseason games this summer after missing most of training camp with an undisclosed injury. He left the field during the very first practice of camp and missed a few weeks before coming back on a limited basis.
The addition of Fuller, who was signed in the offseason as an unrestricted free agent, will bring even more speed to an offense that already bolstered that area with the drafting of Jaylen Waddle in the first round of the 2021 NFL draft and the return of Albert Wilson after he opted out in 2020 because of COVID-19.