After spending the previous five weeks on injured reserve, Miami Dolphins running back De’Von Achane made his highly anticipated return to the team’s lineup on Sunday.
The rookie running back’s return, however, was short-lived, as he was pulled from the game in the first quarter after carrying the ball just once for one yard, and tallying one reception for four yards.
Speaking to reporters after the game, Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel revealed that the decision to pull Achane from the game was precautionary.
“He kind of got landed on, and it was a little painful,” McDaniel said, according to ESPN’s Marcel Louis-Jacques. “He was politicking to try to come back in the game, but I was a little worried off the rust to go and do that. We kind of held him back, and we’ll see what it looks like tomorrow.”
Speaking to reporters on Monday, McDaniel revealed that the team was still gathering information regarding the Texas A&M product’s injury. In doing so, the second-year head coach opted not to rule out Achane for this week’s game against the New York Jets on Friday — although he also didn’t commit to him playing.
“There’s a chance that he will and he won’t,” McDaniel said, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “I definitely would not rule him out, but would definitely not rule him in, either.”
Dolphins’ RB De'Von Achane, who re-injured the same knee Sunday that landed him on injured reserve for four games, still is gathering information on his injury but HC Mike McDaniel implied it wasn’t serious. Asked if Achane could play Friday vs. the Jets, McDaniel said: “There’s…
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 20, 2023
Appearing in five games this season, Achane has rushed for 461 yards and five touchdowns, including a three-game stretch in which he amassed 455 rushing yards. Following McDaniel’s update on the 2023 third-round pick’s injury on Monday, many took to social media to weigh in.
we get a superhuman at running back and he immediately becomes injury prone LMFAOOO cursed franchise https://t.co/OyVmpuZ9UM
— JI (@MIK3MCDANIEL) November 20, 2023
Sounds like he's out an indefinite amount of time https://t.co/j8ZWusaK1L
— Jason Moore (@jasonffl) November 20, 2023
Mike McDaniel is turning into the Mad Hatter https://t.co/2CARqw8Pa3
— Sigmund Bloom (@SigmundBloom) November 20, 2023
Mike McDaniels said the same thing that it only minor last time and he as out for 5 weeks https://t.co/7JwF4HseG0
— The Young Wolf (@gdude002) November 20, 2023
Went to the John Harbaugh School of How To Answer The Media https://t.co/4s9w52Yl1N
— Thomas (@SorryForMyTake) November 20, 2023
Good news IMO. sit him for the jets game and then let him knock the rust off the rest of the regular season so he can dominate in the playoffs https://t.co/2eNEPmbTgV
— Fins Opinions 7-3 (@finsopinions) November 20, 2023
DeVon Achane means many things to many people https://t.co/zKfKKFVKgT
— RJ Kelly (@rjkelly13) November 20, 2023
he cleared that up and it's all that matters https://t.co/dvWZvQK91s
— JETS FAN (@nick74265476) November 20, 2023
"A chance he will or won't play". Well that clears that up. 🤦♂️ https://t.co/0CtwbprJME
— Scott Allen (@azsportsguy) November 20, 2023