MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins activated rookie De’von Achane from injured reserve on Saturday, paving the way for him to take the field Sunday against the Las Vegas Raiders after missing the last four games with a knee injury.
Acane injured his knee late in the Week 5 win over the New York Giants and was later placed on injured reserve. I returned to training last week as a limited participant. But he impressed his coaches and teammates throughout his rookie campaign.
“Early on, he had some mistakes and we had to get over him,” veteran fullback Raheem Mostert said. “This has finally paid off. He has taken to coaching very well. He listens to key aspects of both the run and pass game. He is executing at a high rate, which is great to see.”
Acane, who was drafted by the Dolphins in the third round this year, was leading the NFL with 12.1 yards per carry before the injury. He rushed for 460 yards with seven total touchdowns in four games.
He had a breakout game in the Dolphins’ 70-20 blowout at Denver in Week 3, leading the team with 203 total yards on 18 carries, 11.3 yards per rush and four touchdowns. Acane immediately earned a bigger role in Miami’s offense and will be a boost to the rushing attack that has seen a slight dip in production since his injury.
The Dolphins entered Week 5 averaging 185.8 yards per game but have rushed for 100.5 yards per game since Acane’s injury. They have failed to reach 100 receiving yards twice in their last four games.
“We all saw the things he did for our offense while he was out there,” quarterback Tua Tagovailoa said Wednesday. “He’s an electric player. He’s exceptional. He understands the game. He understands where he’s going. “He understands his mission.”
Also on Saturday, the Dolphins brought back veteran receiver Robbie Chosen, signing him to their practice squad after releasing him earlier in the week. Miami elevated selectman and offensive lineman Chasen Hines to the active roster for Sunday’s game.
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