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.
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