Every NFL team hopes to make it through practice without any major injuries. The Miami Dolphins and Carolina Panthers, holding joint practices this week ahead of their preseason game on Saturday, did not see that hope come to fruition on Wednesday when both had starters tear ACLs. On Thursday, practice ended wihtout news-worthy incidents.
The Panthers started Wednesday's ACL tear-fest when wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin was lost for the year when he attempted to make a cut while running a route. Benhamin was running one-on-one against Dolphins safety Reshad Jones when he planted for a turn toward the sideline and collapsed instead of being able to continue the route.
Just a few minutes later, a similar circumstance happened to Dolphins safety Louis Delmas, who was guarding former Dolphins wide receiver Ted Ginn, Jr. Delmas suddenly collapsed to the ground during the play, grabbing his right knee - the same knee in which he tore the ACL in December. It did not take long for reports to surface that Delmas had torn the ligament again.
Thursday's workout was less severe in terms of injuries for both teams. The Dolphins held wide receiver Greg Jennings, linebacker Koa Misi, wide receiver DeVante Parker, and linebacker Jordan Tripp out of practice, along with Delmas. Tripp injured his ankle during last week's Preseason Week 1 game against the Chicago Bears, Parker was activated off the Physically Unable to Perform list this week as he recovers from foot surgery, and Misi has been dealing with a calf injury recently.
The Panthers held linebacker Thomas Davis, wide receiver David Funchess, center Ryan Kalil, running back Jonathan Stewart, safety Roman Harper, and cornerback Charles Tillman out of practice. Funchess has also been ruled out of Saturday's game as he deals with a hamstring injury he sustained on Wednesday.
The Dolphins and Panthers will kickoff from Carolina's Bank of America Stadium at 7pm ET Saturday.