Last night, the Miami Dolphins had to finish their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers without their best player. Xavien Howard suffered a knee injury that kept him on the sideline for the second half.
Despite all the struggles that Miami is having this season, Howard remains one of the premier defensive backs in the NFL. It's become very evident that he'll be one of the building blocks for the Dolphins.
Unfortunately though, the team will have go through the rest of the season without Howard. According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the Dolphins are placing Howard on injured reserve.
The team doesn't believe he suffered an ACL or MCL injury, but they want to be cautious with their Pro Bowl cornerback.
It's important to remember that Miami signed Howard to a five-year extension worth $72 million back in May.
The timing of this news is pretty interesting. Earlier this afternoon, the Dolphins acquired veteran cornerback Aqib Talib and a fifth-round pick from the Los Angeles Rams.
At 26 years old, it makes sense for the Dolphins to be careful with Howard. Besides, the AFC East squad is clearly looking ahead to see how it can rebuild its roster through the 2020 NFL Draft.