Look: 17 Dolphins Players 'Not Expected To Play' In Team's Preseason Opener

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The Miami Dolphins are trying to minimize the risk to the players they hope to make a significant contribution to this season.

On Saturday, the team announced that 17 players "are not expected to play" in Miami's presidential opener against the Bucs.

These included: quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa, Tyrek Hill, Jaylen Waddle, Xavian Howard, Raheem Mostart and Terron Armstead.

Fans noticed that a large number of dolphins were not participating on Saturday night.

"It's going to leave a long list of players sitting outside but it will be like dolphins,"

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reported. "If you came to see The Beginning tonight, you're out of luck."

"I respect Mike McDaniel for this," laughed one Finns fan. "He's not taking any chances."

"I'm surprised Conor Williams won't be there to make some progress and make some progress on his transition to the center," pointed out another.

Josh Hautz tweeted, "Mike McDaniel took no risks after a strong showing in Tampa Bay this week."

With the Dolphins expected to be a factor at the AFC this year,

It's hard to argue with them going into week 1 to try to stay as healthy as possible.