The injury news is not good to wake up to on a Friday morning for Dolphins fans. Offensive lineman Josh Sitton will miss the remainder of the season due to a shoulder injury, according to a report.
Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald had the story first that Sitton, who missed practice this week with a shoulder injury, is going on injured reserve:
EXCLUSIVE…Key Miami Dolphins starter is out for the remainder of the season. What it meanshttps://t.co/Zox57wnlHP
— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) September 14, 2018
Salguero wrote, that Sitton actually tore his rotator cuff at some point during the playing of the second half of Sunday’s game with Tennessee. Yet, the 11 year veteran continued to play through it. Further, Sitton had been exploring the option of continuing to play with the injury in the short term this week, etc. However, he was advised that if the shoulder was damaged more, that surgery might not be able to repair it and it would end his career.
Sitton is a four-time Pro Bowler who was originally drafted by Green Bay, but was signed by the Dolphins away from the Chicago Bears this past offseason. He was playing in the offense of then Bears, now Dolphins coordinator Dowell Loggains. And it made him attractive to sign by Miami in March.
Loggains told the media Thursday that Sitton’s injury and possible absence for this week’s game against the Jets creates a problem,
“Does it change things? Absolutely. If you didn’t have someone at any position, you look to (say), ‘How is this matchup going to affect us in the game?’”
Sitton, who had started 137 games in his career coming into this season, had also been a mentor to former #1 pick left tackle Laremy Tunsil.
Miami will now go to veteran journeyman guard Ted Larsen, who started eight games over the last couple of seasons for the Dolphins ,but has also battled nagging injuries throughout his career.
Dolphins got contributions everywhere in Sunday win
There were a lot of questions and plenty of reasons to doubt the Dolphins roster makeup, as 2018 was getting underway.
However, two games in, the Fins have been impressive, and earned their way to an unbeaten start. Their latest effort Sunday at The Meadowlands against AFC East rival Jets saw numerous players new and old step up.
Whether it was TJ McDonald’s early interception of New York rookie QB Sam Darnold, or Kenyan Drake weaving through the Jets front seven for the early score a short time later, Miami set the tone.
And then, when Kiko Alonso knocked the ball free from Jets receiver Robby Anderson and Raekwon McMillan recovered it, it was new free agent receiver Albert Wilson capitalizing here:
Can't catch @iThinkIsee12
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) September 16, 2018
It went for a 29-yard touchdown from QB Ryan Tannehill and Miami had command at that point at 14-0.
Tannehill spread the ball around to seven different receivers, and even found reserve A.J. Derby for a 19 yard touchdown, as the lead ballooned to 20-0 nothing.
Darnold ended with some decent yardage and a couple of second-half touchdowns, but the Dolphins registered four sacks and had three total takeaways to help put this one away.
Even ageless veteran Frank Gore got into the act. This as, the 35 year old moved into fourth place on NFL all-time rushing list trailing only Hall of Famers Barry Sanders Walter Payton and Emmitt Smith.
And late in the game caught a dump off pass from Tannehill and weaved through the Jet defense to pick up 3rd and 19, move the chains and allow Miami to run the clock out.
So the 2018 Dolphins don’t have Jay Cutler, Jarvis Landry, Ndamukong Suh and some of the others from a team that struggled last year.
However, their new faces stepped in and stepped up Sunday on the road.
And Miami is now 2 – 0 for the first time since 2013, and in sole possession of first place in the AFC East.
Gameday- Dolphins renew rivalry with Jets in New York
Who: Dolphins (1-0) at Jets (1-0)
Where: Met Life Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
When: Sunday 1 p.m.
Spread: Jets by 2.5 (Courtesy Vegasinsidercom)
Renewal of the Rivalry
There are no longer names like Shula, Namath and Marino, but the storied rivalry of the Dolphins and the Jets is five decades old. As AFC East Rivals since the early 1970’s, these teams and fan bases are familiar with each other for generations. Yes, grandads, dads and in some cases, great granddads have watched these two play. The Jets hold a 54-50-1 record all time, and that includes a decisive win in the Meadowlands last year. The Fins, however, won the rematch (Cutler at the helm) later in the year at Hard Rock Stadium.
Now, they play right away in 2018 and the winner maintains at least a tie for first in the division.
Tannehill looks to build on week one
It was a bizarre game last Sunday in the opener with Tennessee, as there were two lightning delays that lasted more than 3 1/2 hours. So, it’s tough to judge everything completely. However, QB Ryan Tannehill, off his ACL tear last August, was effective for a lot of the game (despite two picks) finishing 20-28 for 230 yards and two TDs. One was a second half 75 yard bomb to WR Kenny Stills as the Dolphins prevailed 27-20.
Will the Jets 3-4 defense be able to rattle him? Will Tannehill handle the pressure and be accurate. It’s not the only key, but a big one for the Fins.
Finally, will the Jets look like they did Monday night?
In a remarkable win on the road on Monday night, rookie Sam Darnold overcame a pick six TD in the first :20 of his NFL career to play effectively in the blowout win over the Lions. Darnold who was 16-21 with two TDs, will have to be solid in this one for the Jets.
The Dolphins pass rush led by Robert Quinn and Cam Wake will try to fluster him and create those bad throws from the USC rookie.
The Jets defense and special teams came up with big plays also against Detroit, as they pulled away in the second half for a 48-17 win. That included an interception and punt return TD in the second half.
Miami will need to keep the Jets from making the big play Sunday.
Thursday injury updates for Bucs, Dolphins and Jaguars
With Thursday practice is complete, we now have a better idea of whom is or is not going to be able to play this weekend in the NFL. And we’re most concerned with the Buccaneers, the Dolphins and the Jaguars and their matchups.
So, here is what we know to this point:
With Vernon Hargreaves having already been put on injured reserve earlier in the week due to a shoulder injury suffered in the opening game with the Saints, eyes are still trained on veteran Pro Bowl defensive back Brent Grimes. Grimes was, once again, not able to practice on Thursday making it highly unlikely that he will play Sunday against the Eagles. That means the Bucs will rely even more heavily on rookies M.J. Stewart and Carlton Davis in their defensive backfield.
Also on the bad news front, defensive tackle Vita Vea is still not practicing, and it’s unlikely that he will be able to make his debut this Sunday. Vea has been out since the first week of training camp with a calf injury. Although coach Dirk Koetter indicated last Friday night to “Sirius/XM NFL Radio” that Vea would be “ready to go soon.” Whatever “soon” means.
The good news for the Bucs is defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was able to participate in practice after suffering a slight knee injury during the New Orleans game last Sunday. JPP told the media Wednesday that his knee was “jacked up” but that he intended to play Sunday.
Wide receiver DeSean Jackson, coming off a 146 yard receiving-two TD game is still into concussion protocol. And while he was out at practice in a limited role, if he is not cleared on Friday, then he will likely miss the game against his former team. Jackson is also suffering from a shoulder injury suffered, when he fell in the end zone being hit in his first quarter touchdown Sunday.
Wide receiver DeVante Parker was back going through the full workout Thursday. It is really the first time that he’s been able to practice in almost a month since suffering a broken finger. And Coach Adam Gase was “optimistic” with the media after practice Thursday that Parker has a chance to be active for this game with the Jets.
The former number one pick three years ago is in a real position battle with Danny Amendola, Albert Lewis and Jakeem Grant for playing time.
Defensive end William Hayes was sporting a cast on his hand Thursday, but was still a full participant in practice.
However, the news was not as good for free agent offensive lineman Josh Sitton, who missed practice for the second consecutive day with a shoulder injury suffered during the win over the Titans Sunday. And as was reported on Friday morning, Sitton will be lost for the season with what is now diagnosed as a torn rotator cuff.
For the second straight practice Leonard Fournette was not able to participate, although he was out at the work out Thursday in a limited role. Coach Doug Marrone has maintained that they would test him slightly on Friday, but the prevailing belief among media and observers in Jacksonville is that Fournette is not going to try to play with his strained hamstring.
Fournette told the media after practice Thursday that the hamstring is feeling better and that he believes he will be a game-time decision to try to play. A paragraph
Center Brandon Linder is also battling a knee sprain, but he was able to finish the game last week in New York, even though it’s limited him in practice this week, Linder is expected to play the all-important game with the Patriots Sunday.
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