Monday, December 8, 2014

Dolphins' Delmas-less secondary on the move again


The Miami Dolphins have been playing musical defensive backs in their secondary for much of the season, and the game continues on.

The team announced it placed Louis Delmas on injured reserve, half a day after the starting safety sustained a season-ending knee injury against the Baltimore Ravens.

“It’s a big challenge,” defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said Monday of the loss, via Miami “Louis has had a very good season. He’s an emotional leader on the team as well, so we’re going to miss him a lot.

"But we started the season out and we didn’t have Reshad [Jones] in there for the first four games and we were able to play solid defense there during that stretch, so hopefully we can win do the same here in the last three games.”

Coyle was referring to the absence of Jones due to his serving a league suspension for the opening month of the season, though extended absences have been aplenty for the team's secondary. 

Safety Michael Thomas and cornerback Will Davis beat Delmas to the IR list earlier this year, and cornerback Cortland Finnegan has been out the past four games with an ankle ailment. Cornerback Jamar Taylor, meanwhile, missed a couple games with a shoulder injury.

Jimmy Wilson, who started next to Delmas during Jones’ absence, is expected to get the start Sunday against the New England Patriots, though fourth-round rookie Walk Aikens may see some field time.

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