Training camp has been underway for a short period of time, but the Miami Dolphins are hurting in several areas on their roster. Having already lost quarterback Ryan Tannehill until the 2018 season, Miami is also dealing with several players who have suffered concussions.
Starting running back Jay Ajayi suffered a concussion during a scrimmage the first week of training camp and it is possible that Kenyan Drake also suffered a concussion Monday morning in practice. Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel reports that Drake’s injury occurred when he and Dolphins’ rookie cornerback Torry McTyer collided during 11-on-11 drills.
“It’s football. It happens,” head coach Adam Gase said. “That’s why they have pads on.”
Gase does not seem to be worried about the concussions that have happened so far, but after a CTE study surfaced a few weeks ago, he should be concerned. An isolated concussion is not the end of the world, and football is known for hard hits forcing players out. But when the head injuries begin to add up, that is the point when coaches and players need to pay attention.
Kelly also reported that rookie receiver Malcolm Lewis also suffered a concussion on Aug. 5. That is three concussions in a few weeks, but Ajayi and Lewis are close to completing the NFL‘s concussion protocol. While this is good news for the team, there has to be more than one person in Dolphins camp that is unnerved by the multiple head injuries that are occurring at this point in camp.
With the talented roster that Miami has, they have the potential to shake things up in the AFC East this season. However, relying on the gun-slinging Jay Cutler under center and dealing with multiple head injuries is not the start that the team had in mind as they inch closer to the start of the regular season.