Linebacker Raekwon McMillan out for the season

Just like that, the Dolphins first preseason game ends with another ACL injury. This time, Dolphins rookie (2nd round pick) Raekwon McMillan tears his ACL in a meaningless game on a meaningless (as a defensive starter) play. The Miami Herald confirmed the report earlier today.

The injury likely changes the landscape for the Dolphins defense who were excited about McMillan as a linebacker who could not only sink back into coverage and grab an interception, but lay the wood as a tackler.

This hurts the Miami Dolphins. This hurts the plan in place that has been orchestrated by first year Defensive Coordinator Matt Burke.

Consequently, the Dolphins are shopping with a credit card since their cash (cap room) was used to shore up the QB position after Ryan Tannehill's hyperextended knee injury last week.

McMillan's injury sadly turns into a shuffling of the pieces on defense where Lawrence Timmons is the most likely to replace McMillan at mike linebacker.

However, not all is lost as McMillan is poised to make a complete recovery and be ready for next year's training camp. Think of this as a redshirt year as the Palm Beach Post's Joe Schad has suggested.

According to head coach Adam Gase-it's next man up and someone must step and be ready to fill the shoes of a player in McMillan and get the job done-sure tackling, coverage, and stopping the run.

Who that next man is, will be entirely on Gase has he confers with both Mike Tannenbaum and GM Chris Grier a vet could become available in the coming days to shore up the position.

Photo Credit: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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