Dolphins Ronnie Brown out for the season
This following an MRI that confirmed the team's worst fears this morning.
So Brown will be out the rest of the season, but that is not the worst part. The affects of not having Ronnie Brown the rest of this season is minimal considering the team is 0-7.
The problem is what this means for Miami beyond this year. It means the Dolphins might not have the guy who would be their MVP perhaps into next training camp, and even then questions would persist about Brown's availability for the 2008 season.
Cameron said he expects Brown by next spring and that recovering from this type of injury is a virtual certainty at "90 percent," according to Cameron. But who knows? Things happen and often do to the Dolphins.
So a season-ending knee injury to Brown casts a shadow into the draft. Suddenly a team that thought itself set at running back, might have to look to drafting another running back -- perhaps not necessarily in the first round, but definitely at some point.
This injury also raises another issue. The team was fully intentioning to get rid of Ricky Williams in the offseason, if he were to be reinstated by the NFL. Suddenly, the addition of Williams in November or December might seem more palatable in the absence of Brown.
It also might serve as a way of showcasing Williams for the offseason.
Brown finishes his third season -- the one in which he finally showed promise for the future -- with 602 yards on 119 carries. That is a 5.1 yard per carry average.
One more thing. With Brown down, this means Lorenzo Booker will be active in games from now on. It doesn't guarantee he'll play, but he'll be active.