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Battered by injuries, Miami Dolphins remain resolute heading toward season

The Dolphins lost Raekwon McMillan for the season. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE—What made the Dolphins‘ surge to the playoffs so impressive last year wasn’t just that they pulled it off after a 1-4 start, but more so that they did it while losing crucial players along the way.

By the time Miami lined up for its postseason game against the Steelers, it did so without Ryan Tannehill, Reshad Jones and Mike Pouncey. The Dolphins were also missing Byron Maxwell and Isa Abdul-Quddus, plus Xavien Howard had recently come back after sitting nine games with a knee injury.

It was bad, and they’re off to an equally rough start this year.

When the Dolphins hit the field for this morning’s practice, they were down six guys who were initially projected to start the Sept. 10 season opener. Tannehill and middle linebacker Raekwon McMillan have already been ruled out for the year because of ACL injuries, and Ted Larsen will be out months with a torn biceps.

At some point, when so many absences pile up, the team’s “next man up” mantra gets difficult to believe.

“Well, it’s tough,” veteran offensive lineman Jermon Bushrod acknowledged. “But we’ve gotta be battle-tested. That’s just the way it has to …read more

Source:: Palm Beach Post