The Miami Dolphins may have gotten some good news on Monday when tests revealed the shoulder injury sustained by Jamar Taylor in the team's Week 12 game against the Denver Broncos will not end the second-year cornerback's season. There is no set timetable for his return, but a trip to injured reserve seems to have been avoided for Taylor, great news for a team that is struggling with secondary depth suddenly. The injury update was reported by the Palm Beach Post's Andrew Abramson.
Taylor was starting against the Broncos in the place of the injured Cortland Finnegan. After the injury, Taylor was replaced by Lowell Rose, who played in the Arena Football League last season, and fourth-round draft pick Walt Aikens, who the team has shifted to safety. Miami is already without defensive backs Michael Thomas, Will Davis, and Sammy Seamster, all of whom are on IR with various injuries.
Taylor left the game against the Broncos with what was originally feared to be a dislocated injury, one that would likely end his season. The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson reported the test results on Monday after the team returned to Miami from Denver, tweeting that they show a separated shoulder, but no dislocation.
The injury could still result in Taylor missing games, as the Dolphins will likely look to give him time to fully recover, despite Taylor wanting to return as quickly as possible. Miami is also hopeful Finnegan will be able to return soon.
The Dolphins play the New York Jets a week from tonight. Taylor is not likely to play in that game, but the fact that he is not headed for injured reserve is an encouraging sign.
[UPDATE]: Taylor is expected to miss three weeks. His shoulder was dislocated, but not severe enough to warrant surgery.