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Brian Hartline injury will not require surgery

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline left yesterday's game against the New York Jets with an apparent knee injury. An MRI today shows Hartline will not require knee surgery as originally feared.

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During yesterday's loss to the New York Jets, the Miami Dolphins watched wide receiver Brian Hartline reach the 1,000 receiving yards mark for the second straight season on a 25-yard reception. Hartline then limped off the field and went straight to the trainer's table. He spent the rest of the game on the sideline, and speculation begam to mount that it was an ACL tear.

Hartline underwent an MRI this morning and, according to the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero, the results were not as severe as feared. Hartline tore his PCL, which will not require surgery. The injury should be fully healed in time for training camp next summer.

Hartline's 1,016 yards made him just the fifth wide receiver in team history to post back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons. He led the team in receptions (76), yards (1,016), yards per reception (13.4), and first downs (53) this year. Fellow wide out Mike Wallace was second in every category, with 73 receptions, 930 yards, 12.7 yards per reecption, and 46 first downs. Tight end Charles Clay led the team in touchdown receptions with six, he also score one on the ground.