The Dolphins have lost receiver Armon Binns for the season after he sustained a torn ACL and MCL in practice Sunday, multiple sources have told the Miami Herald. Binns, who impressed the team throughout the offseason program, likely would have been Miami’s No. 4 receiver and was getting some snaps with the first team throughout camp.
Binns was working a one-on-one drills during Sunday morning’s contact practice when he fell to the ground in obvious pain. He eventually got to his feet and remained on the sidelines until the practice ended, and even indicated to a reporter that he expected to be fine.
An MRI exam proved otherwise.
Meanwhile, Rishard Matthews — the front-runner for the Dolphins’ No. 5 receiver job — will be out several weeks with an undisclosed injury.
That leaves — for now — Marvin McNutt, Jeff Fuller, Brian Tyms, Chad Bumphis, Kenny Stafford, Jasper Collins and newcomer Andrell Smith competing for the No. 4 and 5 receiving jobs. McNutt has had the best camp of that group. Another receiver might be signed.
Also, return specialist Marcus Thigpen has taken some snaps at receiver in camp and could play there, though the Dolphins have been using him primarily as a tailback.
To make room for Smith, Miami waived fourth-string quarterback Aaron Corp. They will have an additional roster spot to fill once they place Binns on injured reserve.
“I’m just willing to do anything to help the team,” Smith said. He added that his “aggressiveness” is the biggest strength he will bring to the receiving group.
A first at full speed
With the intrasquad scrimmage just a day away — and a week until the Hall of Fame game — first-round pick Dion Jordan saw his most action in training camp.
Jordan participated in 11-on-11 drills as the right defensive end, rotating in on the second-team defensive line. Jordan wore pads and worked without limitations during one-on-one drills. The former Oregon star even saw time on the front line of the kick return unit.
“We take those reps very seriously,” coach Joe Philbin said. “He’s had an outstanding attitude toward special teams. To say is he too valuable for that? Absolutely not.”
Jordan, the third overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, was limited at the start of training camp due to shoulder surgery he underwent before the draft to repair his labrum. Jordan had been working in mostly non-contact drills until Sunday.
His actual performance on the field varied. During his one-on-one reps, Jordan flashed his athleticism with a nice swim move to beat starting left tackle Jonathan Martin. But Jordan was also stonewalled multiple times by backup tackle Jeff Adams, who sealed off Jordan’s spin move with ease.
The newly acquired Brent Grimes has been the talk of practice so far, but while his position as the No. 1 cornerback has been set, the rest of the group is starting to fall into place.
Dimitri Patterson, claimed by the Dolphins off waivers last season, took reps as the team’s starting corner opposite Grimes on Sunday. Patterson didn’t rotate off the field much, and he almost always lined up against No. 2 receiver Brian Hartline.
Behind Patterson is Richard Marshall, and then Nolan Carroll is battling rookies Will Davis and Jamar Taylor for the final spots in the defensive backfield. Taylor has been limited due to recovery from a hernia surgery.
“It’s a competitive group,” Philbin said. “Dimitri’s had a very good camp. Richard has shown some good things the past couple days as well. I like the number of guys we have that we feel like can compete for a job there.”