The Miami Dolphins beat the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday in an upset of a potential Super Bowl contender. The price for the win may have been a high one however. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting the team is afraid Pro Bowl safety Reshad Jones may have torn his rotator cuff and could be out for the season.
Jones took himself out of the game after making a tackle on a Pittsburgh pass in the third quarter, and appeared to be walking toward the sideline without swinging his left shoulder. He was checked out on the sideline, but was never reported as an injury. He missed eight snaps throughout the game, returning in a limited fashion.
Michael Thomas saw his role at safety increase with Jones’ injury.
Losing Jones would be a huge blow to a defense that had its best performance of the season against the Steelers. The 2015 Pro Bowl selection is 12th in the NFL and second on the Dolphins with 51 tackles so far this year. He recorded his first interception of the season against the Steelers. He led the team in tackles last year with 135 as well as having a team high five interceptions.
If Jones is out for the Dolphins, Thomas would likely be the player to replace him in the starting lineup, playing opposite Isa Abdul-Quddus.