Miami Dolphins running back De’Von Achane sustained another knee injury in the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders.
Achane, the team’s third-round pick, sustained the injury on the offense’s fourth snap after being tackled on his first carry and second touch of the game.
He jogged to the sideline, appearing to be in some discomfort, and later entered the medical tent to be further evaluated. He then headed into the locker room with a trainer and returned to the Dolphins’ sideline in uniform but without a helmet.
The team listed Achane as questionable to return but he did not play another snap in Miami’s 20-13 win against Las Vegas. He finished the game with 5 yards on two touches.
Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel said Achane injured the same knee that he sprained in Week 5 and kept him out for four straight games.
“He kind of got landed on and it was a little painful,” McDaniel said. “He was politicking trying to come back in the game, but I was a little worried off the rust to go and do that. So, we kind of held him back and we’ll see what it looks like.”
McDaniel said the team received “positive feedback” from the training staff regarding Achane’s injury but given the nature of his ailment and the Dolphins’ short turnaround for next Friday’s road game against the New York Jets, his availability five days later is in question. Miami has taken a cautious approach to injuries this season. McDaniel previously said the team even wrestled with placing Achane on injured reserve and sidelining him for four games because of the timeline associated with his recovery.
“I don’t necessarily know about his status,” running back Raheem Mostert said. “We’ll find out tomorrow, obviously, but I’m hoping it’s nothing too crazy, just a little fluke here and there. It’s very important for him to be back. He brings a whole dynamic to the offense, even more so the speed aspect, too.
“Getting him back is very important, but I was telling him on the sideline, whether it’s an injury or not, you have to treat it as a couple more extra days to that way you can be back fully. And I’m not saying that he was rushing the process. I’m not saying that by any means. I’m just giving him the vet talk that sometimes when it comes to certain injuries, you just have to relax a little bit. But he’s going to take care of himself. We’re all going to take care of him, so he’s good.”