Dolphins WR Armon Binns out of 2013 season with ACL, MCL injuries
The Dolphins have now joined the growing list of NFL teams with at least one player lost for the entire 2013 season.
Binns was in the midst of a solid offseason, and started off strong in training camp while getting some reps with the first-team offense. Jackson had Binns pitted for the No. 4 receiver spot on the Dolphins’ roster.
After joining the Dolphins late last season and playing just three games for the team, Binns was expected to earn significant playing time behind veteran receivers Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, and Brandon Gibson.
The 23-year-old Binns made six receptions for 67 yards last season with the Dolphins. Before being claimed off waivers by the Dolphins, Binns spent a better part of the 2012 season and 2011 with the Cincinnati Bengals. Binns caught 18 passes for 210 yards and a touchdown in eight games for the Bengals.
The Dolphins are also without second-year player Rishard Matthews, who was projected to be the team’s No. 5 receiver for the 2013 season. Mattews was again held out of practice on Sunday due to an undisclosed injury and could potentially miss several weeks, according to reports.
That leaves the Dolphins with a void on their depth chart at the receiving corps and an opportunity for reserve players to compete for reserve roles as well as greater playing time in the 2013 season. So, the Dolphins currently have Marvin McNutt, Jeff Fuller, Brian Tyms, Chad Bumphis, Kenny Stafford, Jasper Collins and newcomer Andrell Smith competing for the No. 4 and No. 5 receiver spots. McNutt and Fuller reportedly currently lead the group.
But if the Dolphins still aren’t satisfied with their current depth at receiver, the team could explore other options on the free agent market, where there are still plenty of players who could contribute for this team or at least fill their training camp needs.