Earlier this week, the Miami Hurricanes released the injury report heading into the Georgia Tech game. In that report, CB Dee Delaney is listed as OUT for this week with a lower extremity injury.
Fast forward to Saturday morning, and ESPN’s GameDay is reporting that Delaney’s injury will keep him out for 6-8 weeks. An injury of that length would effectively end Delaney’s season, absent a quick recovery to play in Miami’s bowl game.
IF the GameDay report is accurate, that’s a big blow for Miami. While he struggled in the first 2 games of the year, Delaney came on strong in the wins against Duke and Florida State, catching an interception in the last game. He finally showed the talent, athleticism, and skill that had some NFL scouts looking at him as a top 3 round pick last year.
Delaney wasn’t just good against the pass this season. He was one of the best tacklers at the CB position for Miami, something that will surely be missed today when the Hurricanes take on Georgia Tech’s Flexbone option offense.
As of now, we know that Delaney is out this week vs Georgia Tech. We know that Miami will be replacing him in the starting lineup and will divide his snaps between other players at the CB position.
The only outlet reporting the length of Delaney’s injury right now is ESPN. I’m not saying they’re wrong, but I’d like to get additional confirmation, either from local beat writers or the University of Miami Athletic Department.
UPDATE: Peter Ariz from CanesInSight has refuted ESPN’s report in the following tweet:
I’m told that College Gameday’s Report of Dee Delaney missing 6-8 games is incorrect.— Peter Ariz (@PeterAriz) October 14, 2017
So, as of now, we know Dee Delaney is out for one week. But, if ESPN’s report is correct, the starting CB will miss much more time than that.