Armando Salguero

Another Dolphins player headed to injured reserve but the news isn’t as bad as feared

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jakeem Grant will be placed on injured reserve Monday, according to an NFL source, marking another significant loss for a team that has been plagued by injuries this season.

Grant, in his third season, sustained an Achilles tendon injury against the Green Bay Packers Nov. 11. And although the source confirmed the tendon was not ruptured and the injury was of another nature, which will save Grant from undergoing full reconstructive surgery and a rehabilitation process that would last 10-12 months, the receiver did undergo a lesser procedure to address the problem.

Grant is expected to be 100 percent cleared for the start of training camp in 2019 and probably much earlier.

This is the latest of a large number of significant injuries the Dolphins have had to manage this season, with many of those coming during games.

The Dolphins have lost right guard Josh Sitton, wide receiver Albert Wilson, center Daniel Kilgore, and tight end Marqueis Gray — all offensive players who started games as did Grant and are out for the season.

The Dolphins have also lost backup players William Hayes, Cordrea Tankersley, Vincent Taylor and Luke Falk for the season.

That does not even account for the number injuries the Dolphins have managed that are not of the season-ending variety, which include starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill has missed five starts with a capsule injury to his left shoulder.

Grant was enjoying his most productive season, with 21 catches for 268 yards and two touchdowns. He was also averaging a whopping 16.3 yards on 16 punt returns and 29.7 yards on 18 kickoff returns. He had both a punt and kickoff return touchdown this season.

The Dolphins last week signed free agent receiver Brice Butler, undoubtedly with Grant’s injury and pending move to IR in mind.

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