Dolphins CB Jalen Ramsey activated off IR, reportedly expected to debut vs. Patriots

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - JUNE 06: Jalen Ramsey #5 of the Miami Dolphins looks on after practice at Baptist Health Training Complex on June 06, 2023 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images)
Jalen Ramsey is back? (Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images)

Miami Dolphins cornerback Jalen Ramsey is activated to the 53-man roster, the team announced on Saturday.

He is expected to make his debut in the team's Sunday matchup with the New England Patriots, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. It's the culmination of a swift recovery, as Ramsey was expected to be out until December after undergoing meniscus surgery in late July.

When Schefter reported Thursday the Dolphins were planning for the All-Pro cornerback to return a month ahead of schedule, Ramsey denied it.

"So this is why I just got a crazy amount of texts. Well, this is news to me," Ramsey wrote on X. "Mfs don’t care about being right, they care about being first in today’s media. That’s sad."

Now, it seems the NFL insider was correct.

After refuting the report, Ramsey added that he's a "fan" of Schefter's, but genuinely didn't know he was on track to play so soon. Minutes later, Ramsey said he would manifest a swift return with his "glass half full" mentality, joking that he must have impressed Dolphins staff in his workouts.

It's safe to say the 29-year-old didn't learn about the news via social media this time. Hours before any announcements or reports on Saturday, he posted a photo of himself in a Dolphins uniform:

Ramsey returned to practice on Oct. 18, opening a window that requires the team to either activate or place him on season-ending injured reserve within 21 days.

The 5-2 Dolphins stand to benefit from Ramsey's presence on the field. He was an exciting addition to the team, arriving last offseason via a trade from the Los Angeles Rams. Miami sent the Rams a third-round pick and tight end Hunter Long in the deal.

When Ramsey initially sustained the knee injury, Miami hoped for a six-week return. That type of recovery was thought to have gone out the window when surgeons discovered he needed a full meniscus repair.

If fully healthy, the former fifth overall pick is poised elevate the Dolphins' defense with his elite understanding of where he should be on the field. Ramsey has been at the top of his position, garnering three first-team All-Pro selections and six straight Pro Bowl nods.

In other moves, the Dolphins released cornerback Parry Nickerson to make room for Ramsey. Safety Jevon Holland was downgraded to out against the Patriots due to a concussion. Brandon Jones is expected to start in his absence.