Coming off of last year’s playoff berth, hopes were high for the Miami Dolphins in 2017. Setting the bar high last season after a disastrous start to the season, Miami enters training camp this season with high expectations for the first time since the disappointing 2009 campaign. However, despite the additions to the team this offseason and a great coaching staff lead by Adam Gase, the Miami Dolphins could already be set to come undone.
Star safety Reshad Jones will miss the entirety of training camp due to an unknown injury. This was a shock to many as those around the team had no idea Jones was even injured in such a way. Despite coming off a season-ending shoulder problem last year, many expected Jones to be healthy for this season, something that could still occur despite this setback.
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That said, the injuries could quickly start to add up for the Miami Dolphins. Koa Misi is and isn’t retired according to multiple people after suffering another neck injury while Mike Pouncey, despite being cleared to join the team and participate in training camp, has constant hip problems that could derail his season once more.
Also on this list of players has to be quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Suffering a terrible sprain of both the ACL and MCL at the end of last season, Tannehill was able to heal the injury without going down the surgical route. However, knees are one of the most finicky parts of the human body. Once injured, they will never fully recover, leading me to have some concern over Tannehill’s future health.
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Making the situation even worse from the injury standpoint is the lack of depth at many positions for the Miami Dolphins. Linebacker for instance has three starters now and no competition behind due to a lack of overall depth. Offensive line has always been thin while the safety position will have to wait till the midpoint of the season before it get’s another true starting option in the suspended T.J. McDonald.
Overall, this lack of depth combined with an injury bug that looks set to plague the Miami Dolphins this season could derail our playoff chances before they even begin to show. While this could all go away once the year starts, the warning signs have indeed begun to emerge for the Miami Dolphins.