Dolphins’ D’Von Achane is being evaluated for a knee injury.


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D’Von Achane broke one for a 76-yard touchdown.

D’Von Achane outran the Giants’ defense and scored a 76-yard touchdown to maintain the Dolphins’ lead.

MIAMI – Dolphins running back D’Von Achane is being evaluated for a knee injury, coach Mike McDaniel said Monday.

The severity has not yet been determined, and McDaniel declined to say whether the rookie will miss time or undergo an MRI. Achane suffered the injury during Sunday’s win against the New York Giants, although the coach declined to say when the injury occurred.

“When I don’t know, I literally don’t spend any time making predictions either way,” McDaniel said. “It’s just because we’re getting more information. But I think it’s too trivial to make predictions until I get all the information. So I don’t really know.”

Achane rushed for 151 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries against the Giants, his third consecutive game with at least 100 rushing yards and a TD.

“It’s something we’re treating as we learn more,” McDaniel said. “He was in and out of the game, a standard rotation. … Thought he might have something but he’s such a tough kid. It was a little tough to read, so we needed to evaluate more and that’s what we I am doing it today.”

The 2023 third-round pick has been sensational through his first four games with the Dolphins. His 460 rushing yards are second in the NFL behind Christian McCaffrey and his 12.1 yards per carry are nearly 5 yards more than No. 2 Breece Hall (7.2).

According to ESPN Stats and Information, Achen has the highest per-carry average in NFL history during the first five games of a team’s season.

After staying healthy in Week 1 and getting one carry in Week 2, Aachen received an expanded role in Week 3 following an injury to Salvon Ahmed. He took advantage of the opportunity, totaling 233 yards and four total touchdowns in a historic 70–20 victory over the Denver Broncos.

His effectiveness and demeanor caught the attention of his teammates and earned their respect early in his NFL career.

“The best thing about being a rookie like him is how he is as a person,” Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa said. “How do you see him on the sidelines – just calm, carefree. He’s like that, and he’s like that in the crowd. To be able to go out into the crowd and see someone like that, it’s very promising to know that… Basically if he’s getting the ball, you know it’s going to be a big play often.

“I have a lot of respect for that guy, and I think a lot of people around the league have a lot of respect for him, too. The good thing about him is he doesn’t pay attention to what anybody Is.” Out of that. Just a polite guy. Just coming to work, doing what the team needs to help us win.”

If Achane misses Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers, it would mean a heavier workload for NFL rushing touchdown co-leader Raheem Mostert. This could also hasten the return of Jeff Wilson Jr., who has spent the last four games on injured reserve due to multiple injuries.

McDaniel said the Dolphins are still evaluating whether to activate Wilson’s 21-day practice window.


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