This Thursday, it's Raekwon McMillan, who injured his right knee before he even played a single National Football League defensive snap.
McMillan was taken by the Dolphins in the second round out of Ohio State where he had 275 tackles and six sacks over three years. The Dolphins planned to build their linebacking corps around him, planting him in the middle and allowing him to call defensive signals.
For the second time in a week, they presumably lost a starter for the season to a major knee injury.
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Last season Miami was 29th in the National Football League in yards allowed and 30th in rushing defense. Head Coach Adam Gase said after the game that the plan had been for McMillan to play the entire first half. We knew we had to get him some reps at it, especially in a game. The 29-year-old Riley played well for the Raiders in 2016, but Oakland opted to go with its younger holdovers. "You guys seem to have better sources than I do".
Put it together and it's a major part of the heart of their offense and now, their defense.