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NFL preseason’s biggest injury in the first week

 

The Dolphins had big plans for rookie linebacker Raekwon McMillan, but he will miss the entire 2017 campaign after tearing his ACL in the club's first preseason game.

The Dolphins had big plans for rookie linebacker Raekwon McMillan, but he will miss the entire 2017 campaign after tearing his ACL in the club’s first preseason game.

NFL teams enter the preseason with their fingers crossed, knowing that nothing is more important than emerging from their practice games with minimal injuries. They are, however, inevitable. We’ll spend the summer tracking the major ailments to arise during the games themselves. To be clear, this list won’t include injuries that are suffered in practice.

Here are the most notable from Week 1 of the 2017 preseason:

LB Raekwon McMillan, Miami Dolphins

Injury: torn right ACL

Prognosis: McMillan will miss the season. A second-round draft choice, McMillan was expected to be the Dolphins’ starting middle linebacker. But he suffered the injury Thursday night against the Atlanta Falcons while covering a punt — and before he took a single defensive snap.

CB Damarious Randall, Green Bay Packers
Injury: concussion
Prognosis: The NFL concussion protocol is different for each player, so there is no way to estimate how much time Randall will miss. But it was an unfortunate start for a player who missed six games last season because of a groin injury. Penciled in as a starter for 2017, Randall will be replaced in the meantime by rookie Kevin King. The injury occurred Thursday night, when Philadelphia Eagles receiver Bryce Treggs delivered a blow to his head.

LB Trent Murphy, Washington Redskins

Injury: torn left ACL/MCL

Prognosis: Murphy, who notched a career-high nine sacks in 2016, will miss the season. Of course, he already was suspended for the first four games because he violated the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. By league rules, Murphy can serve the suspension while on injured reserve, so he will be clear to return for Week 1 of the 2018 season. That’s assuming he is healthy and has signed with a team; Murphy is a pending free agent.

S Su’a Cravens, Washington Redskins

Injury: sore knee

Prognosis: Cravens, expected to start at strong safety, will miss two or three weeks after the knee forced him from Thursday night’s preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens. Cravens has a history of knee issues.

DL Billy Winn, Denver Broncos

Injury: torn right ACL

Prognosis: Winn will miss the season. He was expected to play a key role in the Broncos’ defensive rotation after re-signing in the offseason, but he suffered the injury Thursday night in the first quarter of the preseason opener against the Chicago Bears.

RB Bishop Sankey, Minnesota Vikings

Injury: torn ACL

Prognosis: Sankey will miss the season and has been waived/injured. He had been working as the Vikings’ No. 2 running back behind Dalvin Cook, in part because of Latavius Murray’s offseason ankle surgery, but had a decent chance to make the team.

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Miami Dolphins running back Arian Foster is calling it quits.

Foster released a letter on decision to retire via The Uninterrupted.

“There comes a time in every athlete’s career when their ambition and their body are no longer on the same page. I’ve reached that point,” Foster said.

Foster was a four-time Pro Bowler for the Houston Texans before signing with Miami. He finishes his career with 6,257 rushing yards and 54 touchdowns.

“This game has been everything to me…my therapy, my joy, my solace and my enemy. I’ve learned to love every facet of this game, from the peak of accomplishment to the gutter of criticism, ” Foster said.

The Dolphins signed Foster to a one-year, $1.5 million contract one week before training camp. The team met with Foster in the spring to get an update on his Achilles rehab and kept him on the short list.

Foster won the starting job during the preseason but his tenure as the starter lasted just two games. Foster injured his groin and hamstring in Miami’s Week 2 loss to the New England Patriots and missed the next three games.

By the time Foster returned in Week 6, he didn’t look the same and Jay Ajayi made significant strides as the starter. Ajayi became just the fourth player in the Super Bowl era to post back-to-back 200-yard games against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills.

Barring injury, Foster likely would have been a backup the rest of the season had he not retired. Foster also made headlines this season as one of three Dolphins players, along with receiver Kenny Stills and safety Michael Thomas, to take a knee during the national anthem before every game this season.