As the NFL world quickly approaches the upcoming football season, the Miami Dolphins were dealt a tough blow at training camp on Sunday regarding one of their promising new players.
Rookie tight end Hunter Long exited practice on a medical cart after injuring his knee during a passing drill. The injury occurred when Long was trying to make a catch but was shoved out of bounds by safety Nate Holley, according to multiple accounts. Onlookers could tell immediately that the injury was grim as the tight end was unable to put any weight on his injured knee.
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It's obviously too early to think of a possible timetable on Long's return as the Dolphins will have to wait for test results to come back. However, considering how he had to exit on a cart, it's likely that we won't see him make his NFL debut within the foreseeable future.
The Dolphins selected Long with the 81st overall pick at the 2021 NFL Draft. The 22-year-old played in 11 games for Boston College Eagles last year, finishing with career highs in receptions (57), receiving yards (685) and touchdowns (5). His performance led to him being named first-team All-ACC, which is just another reason why Miami thinks highly of him.
It would've been unlikely to see Long usurp Mike Gesicki as Miami's top tight end this season. However, Gesicki is currently on the COVID-19 protocol list and, with the pandemic still ongoing, now's the time when NFL teams need to have as much depth as possible at each position. In other words, losing someone as talented as Long hurts even if he wasn't going to be a focal point in the offense.
As they wait to get updates on Long's injury, the Dolphins are projected to be one of the betters teams in the 2021 NFL season. Miami has +3100 odds to win Super Bowl 56, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, which puts them in a tie with the Indianapolis Colts for 13th-best odds.
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