As expected, an MRI revealed a torn ACL in safety Louis Delmas’ right knee, and his season is over. The damage did not extend to other ligaments and he should be ready for training camp. Delmas is on a one-year contract, and it’s undetermined if the Dolphins will retain him.
The Dolphins placed Delmas on injured reserve. They are promoting practice squad linebacker Jake Knott, who played 12 games for the Eagles last season, to fill Delmas’ roster spot.
“Louis has had a very good season and is an emotional leader on the team, so we are going to miss him,” defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said.
Jimmy Wilson figures to replace Delmas; Wilson filled in to start the season when Reshad Jones was suspended four games for violating the league’s drug policy.
Delmas is the third major 2014 Dolphins acquisition whose season ended prematurely because of a major knee injury, joining Knowshon Moreno and Branden Albert.
▪ Cornerback Jamar Taylor, who has missed two games with a separated shoulder, hopes to return this week, but the Dolphins want to make sure the shoulder passes certain strength thresholds before he starts practicing.
The Dolphins also hope Cortland Finnegan can return after missing three games with an ankle injury, but that will depend on how he progresses this week.
R.J. Stanford, who filled in for Finnegan and Taylor, allowed 9 of 11 passes thrown in his coverage area to be completed on Sunday, for 91 yards and a touchdown.
▪ Coach Joe Philbin declined to give an update on linebacker Jelani Jenkins, who left with a foot injury but indicated afterward that he would be fine.
Coyle, on Jared Odrick’s sideline outburst directed at Philbin: “A play had broken out and he was coming off to the sideline. He was upset about that. ... He kind of snapped.
“... You want guys that play with passion. But there is a professionalism that everybody has to have, players and coaches alike. Outbreaks of emotion generally don’t tend to benefit the team, can be a distraction.”
Coyle said Odrick has a good relationship with the coaches.
▪ Coyle said Cameron Wake played just 58 percent of the team’s defensive snaps Sunday because “we try to keep him fresh [and] ready for critical downs.” Wake played 38 snaps, compared with 48 for Olivier Vernon and 35 for Derrick Shelby.
▪ Lamar Miller ran nine times for 47 yards in the first half Sunday but just three times for 6 yards in the second half. Asked whether he has given thought to giving Miller more carries, Lazor said:
“For two weeks, in general, we’ve been a little bit out of rhythm, sometimes a lot out of rhythm as an offense. We’re at our best when we’re balanced, run-pass.”
He said one problem is that after Miami’s second possession Sunday, “every single drive had either a sack or penalty.” And Lazor said Ryan Tannehill called a pass several times on run/pass options and “they were all positive plays when they turned into passes.”