The Miami Dolphins‘ offense has been clicking pretty well as of late. With Brandon Gibson, Brian Hartline, Mike Wallace and Charles Clay, several pass catchers have seemingly emerged in recent weeks. Unfortunately for Miami, one of those targets could now be lost for the year. According to multiple reports, Gibson is likely to miss the remainder of the 2o13 season with a severe knee injury.
Obviously if you are a fan of the Dolphins, this is very bad news. Gibson was on pace for a career year and was improving with each passing week. Prior to the injury, he had 30 catches for 326 yards and three touchdowns, one of which he had in Week 8 before leaving the game.
If he is done this year, the team will be left with Wallace and Hartline as primary receivers for Ryan Tannehill. While this doesn’t sound so bad on paper, it is when you ponder the possibility of Hartline seeing frequent double-teams moving forward. Wallace could still do damage in this scenario, but you have to wonder whether the Dolphins know how to properly utilize him, and whether their pass protection can hold up long enough to effectively feed him the ball.
While the Dolphins are not without their fair share of problems, losing Gibson could be the toughest one to overcome. If he is indeed out for the season, don’t be surprised if the Dolphins either bring in or trade for a receiver before the deadline.
Regardless of what they do as far as replacing Gibson is concerned, his absence will be a big loss for the team this year, even with Wallace and Hartline as fallback options.