Miami Dolphins 2018 comeback kids

Locker room tape at the trainer table in the Dolphins locker room. - Image by Brian Miller
Locker room tape at the trainer table in the Dolphins locker room. - Image by Brian Miller /

The Miami Dolphins injuries mounted in 2017 and those players are looking to make a comeback in 2018.

The Dolphins’ 2017 season was marred with numerous injuries. Many of the injuries happened to big-name players. A lot of the injuries also occurred before the season even started. Now those players are ready to bounce back and energize the team for the 2018 season.

Injuries happen every season. Every team has to deal with it in one form or another. Unfortunately, it nabbed the Dolphins’ starting quarterback before the season even started. Two other key cogs of the team were also lost for the season: a rookie linebacker and a starting cornerback. Now that they all have spent the last several months rehabbing, it’s time for the good news.

Ryan Tannehill is coming back at 100%. Every fan should be excited about that fact. Tannehill is a player that still has yet to reach his ceiling and is expected to progress even more this season. The team’s success starts with him. He is the most important player on this Dolphins team.

After his ACL injury in last year’s camp, Tannehill has recovered and has been cleared to participate in this week’s OTAs without limitations. He shouldn’t suffer any setbacks or lose any athleticism with his surgically repaired knee.

Tannehill has shown an unorthodox growth in the NFL, as far as QBs go. He has slowly but surely progressed every season. He was playing his best football up until his original ACL injury in Week 14 of the 2016 season. He’ll pick up right where he left off and have a Pro-Bowl caliber performance. l wouldn’t be surprised if he entered the conversation for Comeback Player of the Year.

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Raekwon McMillan will also be returning from an ACL injury. McMillan was quickly pegged the starting middle linebacker in last year’s camp. Unfortunately, he was lost for the year after a non-contact injury in the opening kickoff of the first preseason game. McMillan has also been cleared to practice. It’s his job to lose, even now, so expect him to be the starting MLB.

Tony Lippett was the third player who sustained a major injury last year. He’ll be returning to compete for a starting corner role again. There will be a much more heated battle in this position group, however. Xavien Howard is slated to be CB1 but the second-year Cordrea Tankersley will be nipping at Lippett’s heels for that second outside spot.