A Huge Loss

Sunday's loss to New England was bad in so many different ways, and it got worse on Monday with the news that wide receiver Greg Camarillo is going to be out for the season with a knee injury he sustained in the fourth quarter. The Dolphins figure to be able to bounce back from what happened on the field, but overcoming the loss of Camarillo will be a lot more difficult.

Camarillo not only led the Dolphins in receptions, he also clearly had become Chad Pennington's go-to guy, his No. 1 option whenever a big play needed to be made in the passing game.

Camarillo also was the one dependable wide receiver on the roster

With him gone, undrafted rookie free agent Davone Bess likely will start opposite Ted Ginn Jr., and that moves Brandon London from the No. 4 to the No. 3 receiver with Ernest Wilford suddenly now in the mix.

Bess possesses a lot of the same characteristics as Camarillo -- great football IQ, dependable hands, the ability to find open spots -- but is much shorter.

It's not unrealistic to think that Bess can do a solid job as the new starter, but Camarillo might become an issue in obvious passing situations.

The Dolphins might hope that either London or Wilford can emerge, maybe use two tight ends even more frequently than they have, or perhaps find even more uses for Patrick Cobbs.

Regardless, Camarillo will be missed.

He was one of the best stories on this team this season. Coach Tony Sparano often has pointed to him and Cobbs as the two most consistent players on the team. The Dolphins showed Camarillo what they thought of him only days before he was injured by signing him to a three-year contract extension.

It truly had been a Cinderella season for Camarillo, who thought during the early part of training camp he was on the verge of getting cut.

His injury occurred on the play where safety Brandon Meriweather intercepted Chad Pennington. Ironically, Ronnie Brown tore his ACL in last season's home game against New England on a play where the Patriots intercepted a pass.

In that same game last year, Renaldo Hill also tore an ACL, his injury coming while he covered Randy Moss on a long touchdown pass.

Yes, the Dolphins enjoyed a tremendous breakout performance at New England earlier this season, but the last two home games against the Patriots were mighty painful.


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