The Miami Dolphins have officially placed safety Louis Delmas on injured reserve, ending his season. Delmas was injured during the team's joint practices with the Carolina Panthers last week, tearing his right ACL. It was the second time in nine months Delmas suffered the injury.
The move to place Delmas on IR is not surprising, given the nature of the injury. It does open a roster spot for Miami, who already had one open spot following the release of wide receiver Michael Preston earlier in the week.
Delmas played the first five years of his career with the Detroit Lions, who selected him in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He joined the Dolphins last season, playing in 13 games before tearing his ACL. Over that span, he recorded 60 tackles with one interception, which he returned 81 yards for a touchdown, as well as three passes defensed, two fumble recoveries, and a sack.
The Dolphins are looking to either Walt Aikens or Michael Thomas as the likely successors to Delmas' starting position at free safety, playing opposite Reshad Jones in the Miami secondary.