Coming off their biggest victory of the season, the Dolphins now face their biggest personnel loss. It was revealed on Monday that Pro-Bowl safety Reshad Jones suffered a rotator cuff injury against Pittsburgh. So, Wednesday the Dolphins placed Jones on Injured Reserve, likely ruling him out for the rest of the season.
“It’s unfortunate for him and for us because he was having a good year,” said coach Adam Gase.
Jones is second on the team with 51 tackles and was coming off a standout performance against the Steelers, that included his first interception of the season.
“It’s tough when you lose a player of his caliber, not only as a player but as a leader,” said Gase.
Now it’s the “Next Man Up” situation for Vance Joseph’s defense. 2014 first round draft pick Walt Akins resided behind Jones on the depth chart.
Right when the Dolphins thought they grabbed momentum, Jones’ injury serves as a punch to the gut.
Miami also activated cornerback Chris Culliver from the PUP list to begin practicing this week. Culliver is coming off knee surgery is expected to give a struggling secondary a boost, when he’s finally game ready.
This week Miami’s defense will concentrate on the Bills high powered rushing attack. Buffalo’s Lesean McCoy left practice Wednesday with a hamstring issue, but according to early reports should be ready to play on Sunday. The Bills walk in to Hard Rock Stadium fresh off their fourth straight win and leading the league in rushing with 166.3 yards per game