Multiple media reports, beginning with a tweet from the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero, are beginning to confirm the fears for the Miami Dolphins and safety Reshad Jones. A year after being selected to his first Pro Bowl, Jones will see his 2016 season cut shirt after sustaining a shoulder injury on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Jones recorded his first interception of the year in the game, but appeared to injury his shoulder in the third quarter when he made a tackle.
Reshad Jones is out for the remainder of the season, per league source.— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) October 19, 2016
The injury, as reported earlier this week, was feared to be a torn rotator cuff.
Jones is one of the top two defenders on the Miami roster, along side defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. He plays both as a free- and a strong-safety and can cover receivers as well as work as a fourth linebacker stopping the run. The team will likely turn to Michael Thomas to fill in for Jones, starting along side Isa Abdul-Quddus. The team could look to make Thomas more of a free safety, while allowing Abdul-Quddus, who signed as a free agent this offseason out of Detroit, to move back to his previoulsy played strong safety type of role.
Jones has 545 tackles in seven seasons with the Dolphins, along with nine sacks, 16 interceptions with three touchdowns, 40 passes defensed, three forced fumbles, and four fumble recoveries.
The Dolphins, according to the media reports, are expected to place Jones on injured reserve.