Miami Dolphins rookie linebacker Raekown McMillan and Washington Redskins outside linebacker Trent Murphy reportedly suffered season-ending knee injuries during their teams’ preseason openers Thursday night.
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
The Dolphins second-round pick was projected to be the team’s starting middle linebacker but went down with the injury while covering a punt in the first quarter. Dolphins linebacker Mike Hull took over at middle linebacker following McMillan’s injury, but free agent acquisition Lawrence Timmons could potentially bump inside to take over the starting role.
Thank You to everyone who has reached out to my family and I with support. For this is a minor setback for an incredible come back. I’ve worked so hard to prove doubters wrong ever since pre draft training and it sucks that I can’t prove them wrong this year. Who would have thought my first time touching the field for my dream job would be my last time this season ? Haha it’s all good because I know God gives his greatest test to his strongest soldiers. Because just like you said in Matthew 17:20, ” Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” – My Head is Bloody But Unbowed –
The Dolphins are already without outside linebacker Koa Misi for the 2017 season due to a neck injury, and could look to bring in a veteran free agent to fill the void in their linebacker corps.
While Miami’s front office and coaching staff will look to move forward without the rookie linebacker, the Redskins were already expecting Murphy to miss the first four games of the 2017 season.
The 6-foot-6, 259-pound outside linebacker received a four-game suspension in April for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy but now will miss the entire 2017 season with a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee, according to ESPN’s John Keim.
Murphy, 26, was entering the final year of his rookie contract and was coming off a breakout season in 2016. The Redskins former second-round pick recorded career-highs in tackles (47), sacks (9), tackles for a loss (6), and forced fumbles (3).