The Dolphins won’t be getting safety Reshad Jones back this season. He’s been ruled out for the year. They are getting a little help in the secondary, though, as cornerback Chris Culliver is coming to practice for the first time.
Jones is a Pro Bowler, so this is a pretty big blow to a team that was already struggling on defense. He has a serious shoulder injury. Reports show that it’s a torn rotator cuff, and they’ve had to move him to IR.
The safety did get a second opinion after he was first told what the injury would entail. The second opinion just backed up the first, though, and there’s no way he can play.
Pro Football Focus has rated him as one of the top safeties in the league through the beginning of this season. The Dolphins will likely attempt to replace that production with Michael Thomas and Isa Abdul-Quddus at the starting safety spots.
In the past, Jones has actually been very durable and reliable. Since 2011, he hasn’t missed a single game with injury. He has missed time with a suspension, but not because he’s hurt. That may have spurred his desire to get a second opinion and try to play through it. While toughness is to be admired, there some things you just can’t play through effectively.
Culliver was with the Redskins last year. He signed a four-year deal, played six games, tore his ACL, and then was released. He signed with Miami in the offseason but has yet to practice or play.