Dolphins Fear Louis Delmas Has Torn ACL
A solid Miami Dolphins defense may have just gotten a little weaker. Per reports, the team fears that star safety Louis Delmas may be lost for the season due to a torn ACL.
Delmas went down untouched against the Baltimore Ravens in week 14 and was carted off the field after being fitted with an air cast. Delmas was visibly in extreme pain and was naturally unable to return to the game. The injury (especially considered it was non contact) had the Dolphins worried immediately that it was of the season-ending variety.
Losing Delmas is a big hit for a Miami defense that had formed into a strong and balanced unit, against both the run and the pass. Delmas helped in both departments, racking up 60 total tackles and returning his lone interception of the year for an 81-yard touchdown.
Delmas came over to the Fins in the off-season following a five-year career with the Detroit Lions, who drafted him back in 2009. The 27-year old Western Michigan product was brought in on a one-year deal worth $3.5 million and was supposed to be a key starter. Benched initially for poor play in week two, Delmas eventually proved to be helpful against the run and was a bit of a tackling machine from weeks 10-13.
The Dolphins suddenly lack depth at safety with Delmas down and with another loss in week 13, could be in trouble when it comes to their race for a wild card playoff spot in the AFC.
A loss on Sunday dropped the Fins to 7-6, meaning they’d need to win out and have the New England Patriots (10-3) lose out in order to claim the AFC East. That’s not happening, so they’ll have to merely win out and hope they finish ahead of the San Diego Chargers, Houston Texans, Buffalo Bills and the worst two teams in the AFC North. That’s a lot to ask, especially with a big hit to their defense.
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