Miami Dolphins cornerback Jalen Ramsey was carted to the locker room during Thursday’s practice with a knee injury, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the six-time Pro Bowler will have surgery to address the issue and will miss the start of the season.
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero indicates that Ramsey suffered a meniscus injury and the recovery time for the surgery is six-to-eight weeks. This would put Ramsey in line to return in mid-to-late September.
Ramsey injured himself in practice while defending wide receiver Tyreek Hill on a route downfield.
The 28-year-old was acquired from the Rams during the offseason in exchange for a third-round pick and tight end Hunter Long.
The Florida State product is a three-time All-Pro selection, six-time Pro Bowler, and one-time Super Bowl champion.
However, it seems the Dolphins have dodged a worst-case scenario. Ramsey’s ACL is intact, but he will undergo surgery and is expected to miss the start of the regular season. NFL Network revealed it’s a meniscus injury. He could be out for six to eight weeks, or possibly until December if a full meniscus repair is needed.
Starting the regular season on injured reserve is a possibility, keeping Ramsey out for at least the first four games.
In a tweet, Ramsey reassured fans that he will return stronger than ever. He described the injury as minor and expressed confidence in his teammates to hold it down in his absence. He looks forward to a legendary end-of-season push.
The injury occurred during practice when Ramsey’s feet got tangled with wide receiver Tyreek Hill, leading to him being carted off the field.
Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel may provide updates in a press conference ahead of the team’s third practice.
Ramsey’s presence has been a valuable addition to Miami’s defense, as he teamed up with Xavien Howard to create a top cornerback tandem.
While Ramsey recovers, Howard returns to being the team’s top cornerback, aiming to bounce back after a challenging 2022 season.
As the Dolphins move forward without Jalen Ramsey, they have young talents like Cam Smith and Kader Kohou. They also have experienced players like Nik Needham and Trill Williams, to bolster the secondary.
Despite the setback, the Dolphins remain determined to excel in the upcoming season. With the hope that Ramsey’s return will be a catalyst for a successful end-of-season push.
As the NFL season approaches, fans eagerly anticipate the resilience and spirit displayed by players like Ramsey and the entire Miami Dolphins squad.