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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.”

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.


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