With a 4-1 record, the Miami Dolphins have some believing that they may be the best team in the AFC right now. However, their Super Bowl hopes suffered another sizable blow on Sunday.
Rookie running back De’Von Achane, who has been having a sensational season, suffered a serious knee injury in Miami’s win over the New York Giants and is expected to be out for multiple weeks.
Dolphins RB De’Von Achane is expected to miss multiple weeks with his knee injury and is a candidate for injured reserve, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 10, 2023
Achane took to Instagram to post a message of resilience while vowing to “be back better than ever.”
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Achane, who was a third-round selection in the 2023 NFL Draft, ran for 151 yards and a touchdown on just 11 rushing attempts versus New York on Sunday. Through four games this season, he has tallied 460 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns while leading everyone in the league with 12.1 yards per carry.
He is also second in the NFL in rushing yards, behind only San Francisco 49ers star Christian McCaffrey.
The Dolphins have already been dealing with a serious knee injury to Jalen Ramsey, the star veteran cornerback they traded for during the offseason. Ramsey is expected to return sometime in December, and without him, their defense has struggled. On the season, they rank 25th in total yards allowed and 26th in points given up.
Achane’s injury will put more of a burden on Raheem Mostert to lead Miami’s ground game. Mostert has done well with far with 314 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground while averaging 5.4 yards per carry.
The Dolphins will have what should be a relatively easy game this weekend at home against the Carolina Panthers, who are 0-5. But they will hit the road the following week to face the Philadelphia Eagles, and two weeks later, they will play the defending world champion Kansas City Chiefs before their bye week.