Miami Dolphins will have a bit of wind taken from their sails for at least the next four weeks.
Dolphins announced they have placed running back De’Von Achane on injured reserve for a knee injury.
Dolphins have rushed for 714 yards. More than 27 NFL teams have gained rushing in all five weeks. Achane was responsible for 455 yards in those three weeks as the rookie has caught the league and fantasy football by storm.
“It will be diligent, and I’ll get daily updates. That, to which, you know me, I’m worried about today. He’s in great hands,” Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel said. “It’s going to be diligent, like I said. It was not black and white, whether or not to put him on IR, but just knowing all the factors, we thought it was best for the team, for sure.”
Achane has played in four games with one start in his rookie season, totaling 38 carries for 460 yards (12.1 avg.) and five touchdowns. He has nine receptions for 67 yards (7.4 avg.) and two receiving touchdowns.
“It’s tough seeing any of our guys go down. He’s done a tremendous job for us,” Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa said. “I know he will do all he can to get better.”
Achane has rushed for 100+ yards in three of his four career games and is one of just four rookies in Dolphins history to have three 100-yard rushing games.
He is the second player in NFL history to have seven total touchdowns in his first four career games, and his 460 rushing yards currently rank second in the NFL this season.
Raheem Mostert is tied with the San Francisco 49ers’ Christian McCaffrey for the most rushing touchdowns with seven (Achane is third with five), and Mostert is expected to gain more carries. Mostert has rushed for 314 yards and is on pace for his first career 1,000-yard season.
The Dolphins also have veteran Jeff Wilson Jr., who has spent the first four games on injured reserve. Head coach Mike McDaniel said Wednesday the team will activate Wilson’s 21-day practice window this week.
“We’re also extremely happy to have Jeff (Wilson Jr.) back. I know Jeff’s really excited to be out there,” Tagovailoa said. “He’s excited to get things going. He looked really good out there at practice today, so we’re all excited.”
Achane was a third-round pick (84th overall) by Miami in the 2023 NFL Draft following a collegiate career at Texas A&M.