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Louis Delmas ahead of schedule in knee rehab, says he will be ready for season

3/20/2015

The Miami Dolphins re-signed veteran safety Louis Delmas to a one-year contract Friday, despite Delmas recently suffering a torn ACL in December. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the contract is worth $3.5 million.

But the big news in this signing is Delmas made it clear that he’s ahead of schedule in his knee rehabilitation and will be ready for Week 1 of the regular season. Delmas played in 13 games last year for Miami and was an important cog in the defense until the injury. Delmas recorded 63 tackles and one interception last season.

“The knee is great,” Delmas said on a conference call Friday. “My doctors and my training staff have been doing a great job of managing me and making sure I’m doing everything protocol-wise to be able to play the first game of the season.

“I definitely know that I will be ready for the first game of the season.”

If healthy, Delmas will be penciled in as Miami’s starting free safety for the second straight year opposite Reshad Jones. The pair worked well together and led Miami to the NFL’s sixth-ranked pass defense. This signing decreases the chance of Miami drafting a safety (Landon Collins?) in the first round with the No. 14 overall pick.

Delmas also will be reunited with Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. They were teammates for four seasons with the Detroit Lions.

“[Suh brings] a lot of havoc,” Delmas said. “We’re definitely going to have fun. That’s one guy right there that can basically run a whole defense by himself. He has great enthusiasm, great energy to the ball and he’s a vicious player when it comes time to get to the ball.”

The Dolphins also re-signed backup running back LaMichael James on Friday.