The Miami Dolphins have been fairly healthy all season, with only a handful of players missing an real time. Other than tackle Jake Long, no major injuries have caused lengthy absences. However, during the team's 24-3 win on Sunday over the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Dolphins saw the injury bug jump up.
Several players, including cornerback Sean Smith, wide receiver Brian Hartline, guard John Jerry, linebacker Kevin Burnett, and safety Chris Clemons were shaken up at various points during the game. Tight end/fullback Charles Clay, running back Daniel Thomas, and cornerback Nolan Carroll all were injured and did not return to the game. Add in the first missed game of Davone Bess' NFL career, and injuries are suddenly mounting in Miami.
Last night, the team revealed that Clay would be placed on injured reserve today. Clay tore a ligament in his knee, forcing him to miss the remainder of the season. The sixth round pick last year will need three months to recover from the injury, meaning he should be available for the team's offseason workouts this spring.
Clay has 18 receptions for 212 yards and two touchdowns this season.
The team will likely look to activate one of their rookie tight ends this week, with Michael Egnew or Kyle Miller filling in for Clay. The Dolphins will also have an open roster spot to fill with Clay being placed on IR.
[Hat tip to The Earl]