An MRI has confirmed that Dolphins safety Louis Delmas tore his ACL during yesterday’s loss to the Ravens, reports Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk (via Twitter). Per Florio and Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter link), there’s no other damage to the knee, which will make for a smoother rehab process. Rapoport adds that the team will place Delmas on the injured reserve list, officially ending his season, which has since been confirmed by head coach Joe Philbin (Twitter link).
Delmas, cut by the Lions back in February due to an exorbitant cap number, signed with the Dolphins in March and had a solid 2014 season with the team. Starting at strong safety in Miami, the 27-year-old logged 60 tackles, recovered a pair of fumbles, and returned his only interception 81 yards for a touchdown.
Because he inked a one-year contract with the club, Delmas will be eligible for unrestricted free agency in March, unless he and the Dolphins work out a new agreement prior to that point. While the former 33rd overall pick has dealt with injuries in the past, and may be viewed as a health risk going forward, he’s expected to be ready to go by the start of training camp in 2015, tweets Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.
Moving Delmas to IR opens up a spot on the 53-man roster, but the Dolphins have yet to announce a corresponding addition.