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Bobby McCain leaves practice with knee injury; appears to be minor

NFL: Miami Dolphins-Training Camp Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins may have avoided a major injury on Sunday after cornerback Bobby McCain was forced to leave practice with an apparent knee injury. McCain, who has the lead for the team’s nickel cornerback position, went down with what the Palm Beach Post’s Jason Lieser described as a non-contact injury. Trainers attended to McCain for several minutes before he was taken to the sidelines. He was seen doing some light running and cutting on the sideline to test the knee.

McCain was drafted in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft for the Dolphins, playing in all 32 games since he was selected. He worked primarily as Miami’s nickel cornerback last year, recording eight starts with 44 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, six passes defensed, and one interception. This year, he is being challenged for the nickel position by Michael Thomas and the newly-signed Alterraun Verner.

The injury occurred during one-on-one drills when McCain was covering rookie wide receiver Drew Morgan. He remained out with the team throughout the remainder of the practice, but he never returned to the workouts. Thomas worked as the nickel corner during team drills.

After practice, head coach Adam Gase told the media that McCain is fine and expected to be back at practice tomorrow. Gase admitted McCain tried to get back into practice, but that the coach decided to keep him out as a precaution.