Miami Dolphins Louis Delmas out for season


The Miami Dolphins have lost starting safety Louis Delmas for the season. According to the Miami Herald, initial tests have revealed that Delmas suffered a torn ACL to the same knee that knocked him out of the 2014 season. It’s very likely that Delmas’ career with the Dolphins is over as he was playing on a one year deal.

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The Dolphins will now turn to Michael Thomas and Walt Aikens to replace Delmas. In 2014 Thomas played very well before suffering a season ending chest injury. For now it appears that Aikens has the job to lose but he won’t find Thomas moving aside to let him have it.

"“Walt has been doing a great job,” Reshad Jones said last week. “He has all the ability. Big, physical, can run well. He just needs to continue to work on his craft and get more in the playbook and learn the defense in and out. He can help us on defense.” – via the Miami Herald"

The Dolphins will now be looking much closer at Cedric Thompson and Jordan Kovacs. The loss of Delmas comes early enough that the team will have time to evaluate the other safeties to see who best pairs with Reshad Jones. All of the safeties should see plenty of work in the next two pre-season games.

While Delmas’ physicality will be missed his leadership will be missed more. Delmas has been seen talking with the other safeties at practice helping them learn the position. He has been vocal and supportive and that is something that Miami has lacked over the years.

Injury impact: Marginal

On the field the loss of Delmas shouldn’t be felt too hard. Thomas and Aikens should be able to contribute close if not at the same level as Delmas. Off the field, Delmas is a hard person to replace. His leadership on the field and in the locker room will be sorely missed.