Brian Hartline will enter the New Year with a new fiancee and a mending left leg.
Hartline, who announced his engagement to girlfriend Kara Conrad on Twitter on Monday, suffered a torn PCL in his left knee the day before, an MRI has confirmed.
However, Hartline will not need surgery. Instead, he will spend the coming months rehabbing and strengthening the leg. He should be ready for the start of training camp, which is seven months off.
Hartline, who led the Dolphins with 76 catches and 1,016 yards, appeared briefly in the team’s locker room Monday, on crutches and with a cast on his entire left leg.
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Before leaving, he jokingly told reporters: “I’m a [expletive] cripple.”
Whereas Hartline is just beginning his rehab, receiver Armon Binns is roughly halfway through his. Binns, who was supposed to be a significant contributor this fall, tore his ACL during training camp.
Binns has been running for some time, will begin cutting in about a month and said he’s “hearing all good stuff” from team physician John Uribe.
Binns, an exclusive-rights free agent, added that he wants to be back in Miami next year, and has made it his goal to be physically ready to participate in spring OTAs.
Opponents in 2014
The Dolphins now know both their first-round draft selection and their road and home opponents in 2014.
Miami owns the No. 19 pick in May’s draft, the worst position of the six teams that had an 8-8 record because the Dolphins had the best strength of schedule.
Also, by finishing third in the AFC East, the Dolphins’ nondivision schedule is set.
In 2014, they will host the Chiefs, Chargers, Packers, Vikings and Ravens, and travel to Denver, Oakland, Chicago, Detroit and Jacksonville. They will also both host and visit their three divisional opponents, like always.
Dion Jordan, in many ways, had a disappointing rookie season. He was a role player and recorded just two sacks — not exactly what the Dolphins had envisioned when they made him the third overall pick.
In Jordan’s defense, he did miss the entire offseason and parts of training camp as he recovered from labrum surgery. Some wondered if the injury continued to bother him throughout the fall, but Jordan knocked that idea down Monday.
“The shoulder was good,” Jordan said. “Everything was all right. I just had to gain the respect and trust of my teammates and coaches and let them know that I was ready to perform.”
Safety Chris Clemons is one of 14 Dolphins players scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March. It’s familiar ground. Clemons hit free agency last spring but signed a one-year deal to return to Miami.
“It’s uncertain for me right now,” Clemons said. “You know I’d love to be back here, but I don’t know.”
Fellow defensive back Brent Grimes also will see his contract expire in a couple months. Given how well he played in his first year back from a torn Achilles tendon, most believe he is a prime candidate for the franchise tag.
When asked about that possibility Monday, Grimes said: “That’s not what anybody wants.”
Miami Herald sportswriter Armando Salguero contributed to this report.