Consistent…check! Dedicated…check! Leader…check! Bound for IR…check! The Miami Dolphins will be placing their team leading WR on the IR sometime today, if it hasn’t officially been done already. Greg Camarillo suffered a season ending left knee injury in Sunday’s loss to the Patriots.
Much like Ronnie Brown last October…oddly against NE as well, Camarillo injured the knee while playing the defender roll after a Chad Pennington pick in the 4th quarter. The load will now fall on the shoulders of someone else.
Davone Bess has made the biggest case for the promotion after snaring 7 grabs for 87 yards. Aside from Camarillo and of late Ted Ginn, Bess has been one of the more consistent WR’s on the team. He will now have to compete against free agent Brandon London and the 6 million dollar bust Ernest Wilford.
Wilford signed as the high-profile WR in free agency has rarely touched the field this season and has been inactive for most of the games. London has been a nice addition to the team but has been primarily used on special teams, something that Wilford does not contribute on…even with his 6 million dollar guarantee.
It is not out of the question that the Phins will look to the FA market for Camarillo’s replacement. 2 weeks ago the team parted ways with Derek Hagan who has yet to sign on with another team. While not the ideal WR, Hagan knows the playbook and could step in with no learning curve.
The loss of Camarillo who only last week signed a 3 year deal to stay in Miami will hurt the continuity of the Dolphins offense. Camarillo was the go to guy for Chad Pennington and his play has forced defenses to play the Dolphins offense off the ball allowing Ted Ginn more freedom.
“Someone has to step up” Tony Sparano said in his day after press conference today…however, he would not elaborate on the severity of Camarillo’s injury.