Monday, December 17, 2012

Charles Clay out for season with knee injury

Miami Dolphins H-back Charles Clay will miss the final two games of the season with a torn ligament in his knee, according to a report.

There's no word yet on which ligament Clay tore and thus what kind of timetable he's looking at for rehab, but suffering the injury so late in the season essentially ends his season regardless and he will likely be placed on injured reserve within the next few days.

A sixth-round pick out of Tulsa in 2011, Clay has started exactly nine of 14 games played each of his first two seasons with the Dolphins. He finished his sophomore campaign with 18 catches for 212 yards and two touchdowns, highlighted by a Week 12 performance against the Seahawks in which he totaled 84 yards and a score in six receptions.

The versatile 23-year-old moved all over the Dolphins' offense but was essentially the No. 2 tight end behind Anthony Fasano. The team will now look to fill the void with backup Jeron Mastrud, third-round rookie Michael Egnew and undrafted rookie Kyle Miller.

Egnew, who was taken 78th overall this past April out of Missouri, struggled through training camp and the preseason and has found himself on the Dolphins' inactive list for each of the team's first 14 regular season games this season. Quite frankly, it would be a shocking and embarrassing situation if Egnew couldn't see playing time with Clay out for the remainder of the season.

Miller is a 24-year-old Mount Union (D-III) alum that went undrafted in 2012 and spent camp in Jacksonville before landing on the Colts' practice squad. He was promoted in Week 11 only to be waived after the game and claimed by the Dolphins on Nov. 20. He's spent the past four weeks inactive.