Ryan Tannehill return to OTAs this week in Miami isn’t the only serious knee injury comeback story in Dolphins Camp. No, a guy that was almost forgotten, because he got injured in the first quarter of the first preseason game last August is back, too, LB Raewkon McMillan.
McMillan, a former 2nd round last year out of Ohio State has made tremendous progress as well from his ACL tear and is ready to bolster the Dolphins linebacking crew.
After Thursday’s OTA workout he met with the media to discuss what the last nine months have been like for him.
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It is interesting that he and Tannehill had their ACL surgeries on the same day last year, and almost had a rehab competition in trying to get back to the playing field over the past few months. As McMillan detailed Thursday:
“We starting rehab on the same exact day. From day one, it was always a competition. Who could walk without their crutches first? Who could run full speed underwater first? It was just little stuff. Who can get a bigger quad muscle? It was just really stupid stuff like that to keep competing with each other.”
Some are still shaking their heads that McMillan was lost for the year on a special teams play in a game that didn’t matter.
However, as we wrote last August, young players playing on special teams are going to risk injury. And Coach Adam Gase should not have been faulted then, or in the future, for trying to get young guys acclimated two playing on kickoff or punt teams like McMillan was, when he got injured last year.
The bonus is: if fully healthy, McMillan is like an extra draft pick for this season. And the Dolphins also coincidentally (or maybe not) drafted another Ohio State line backing prospect in Jerome Baker back in April. Baker looked to McMillan as a bit of a mentor in his time in Columbus, and it will help both guys throughout the offseason, training camp and more to be together.
The Fins have several question marks headed into this season and the biggest is, Tannehill and whether or not he can return to form. Obviously, another key defensive question is how big of a contribution can a guy, who never played a down of regular season football last year, either help the linebackers. The name is Raekwon McMillan.
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