Miami Dolphins LB Jaelan Phillips Provides Significant Injury Update

Miami Dolphins linebacker Jaelan Phillips is officially in the rehab stage after undergoing surgery on his Achilles tendon.

Jaelan Phillips is officially on the road to recovery. The Miami Dolphins linebacker, whose season-ending Achilles injury was the subject of Tuesday’s emotional Hard Knocks: In Season episode, on Wednesday revealed a significant health update.

Injury Update for Miami Dolphins LB Jaelan Phillips

“Surgery was a success!! Day 1 of many 🙏🏾 I’m built for this,” Phillips wrote on Twitter.

Up next? A challenging rehabilitation that could take anywhere between six months to a year.

That timeline means it’s possible that Phillips will be ready for Week 1 of the 2024 season, but that’s no sure bet — particularly given how cautious the Dolphins’ medical staff is with injuries.

Nik Needham tore his Achilles midway through the 2022 season and didn’t return to play for a full year. So expect the Dolphins to err on the side of caution, particularly given the seriousness of the injury.

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Players who tear their Achilles have a more uncertain future than those who rupture ligaments in their knee, and researchers found that more than a third of NFL players who suffer that injury never play again.

“Rate of [return to play] following primary Achilles tendon tears may be lower than previously published,” per a Brown University study. “However, for those able to return, performance only in the season immediately following injury appears to be affected; players return to preinjury levels if given the opportunity to play >1 season after injury.”

Phillips is determined to beat any odds he faces. In the aftermath of his injury, he told Hard Knocks the following:

“When this is all said and done, this is going to make me a stronger person because of it. I’m just trying to keep that positive mindset and start to attack rehab. Yeah, it’s going to be a long process, but I just know I’m a fighter. I’m going to keep fighting.”

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