An MRI revealed on Friday that Dolphins’ second-round draft pick did indeed suffer a torn ACL during the preseason opener. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, confirming suspicions that McMillan will miss the 2017 season. This injury is a huge blow to the Dolphin’s defense, which struggled in 2016.
The #Dolphins had some more misfortune. 2nd round LB Raekwon McMillan tore his ACL last night, source said. This is after the MRI.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 11, 2017
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Drafted in the second round out of Ohio State, McMillan featured heavily in the Dolphins’ plans for 2017. He injured his knee on his very first play in an NFL game after colliding with a teammate on punt coverage. He walked off the field on his own power, giving fans hope. Unfortunately, all hope disappeared Friday when the MRI results came back.
Dolphins Future Plans
Despite being a rookie, McMillan was expected to start at middle linebacker this season. Mike Hull, an undrafted third-year player with only one start under his belt, was behind him on the Dolphins’ initial depth chart. Lawrence Timmons, who is currently listed as an outside linebacker, could move inside after McMillan’s injury. Timmons played most of his career on the interior with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Dolphins may also look to trade for a middle linebacker or see what they can find on the free agent market. Possible free agent options include DeAndre Levy or Perry Riley Jr.