AFC East Buzz: Matt Milano, De’Von Achane injury news, Jets revival, and the Mac Jones debacle

Injuries lead the AFC East buzz this week as the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins take big hits. Also, the New York Jets are trending up as the New England Patriots have hit rock bottom.
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AFC East Injury News: Dolphins lose De’Von Achane for at least four games

Just when it looked like the Miami Dolphins found their running back, breakout rookie running back De’Von Achane was placed on injured reserve due to a knee injury suffered in the team’s win against the New York Giants in Week 5.

Achane, who will miss at least the next four games, was tearing up the league on the ground, rushing for 460 yards and five touchdowns through Week 5.  Most of that the production has come in the last three weeks, with nearly have of that coming in the Dolphins’ 70-point explosion against the Denver Broncos.

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The fast, shifty, athletic Achane rushed for over 200 yards in that game with 2 touchdowns.  In a Dolphins’ offense with playmakers all over the field, the loss of Archane puts more on veteran running back Raheem Mostert who has been having a career season of his own.

As far as whether or not Achane will need surgery, Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel kept that mum this week.

“It wasn’t like a black-and-white decision where it was obvious,” McDaniel said, via ESPN.  “But it was something that [general manager Chris Grier] and I knew was the best thing for the team, which always coincides with being the best thing for that particular athlete.

“He’s in great hands.  [His rehab] is going to be diligent.  Like I said, it was not black and white whether or not to put him on IR, but just knowing all factors, we thought it was the best for the team for sure.”

It would be best for the team if Achane comes back at 100 percent by Week 11 when the team take on the Las Vegas Raiders.