As expected, the Miami Dolphins have placed starting cornerback Will Allen on injured reserve, due to a torn ACL suffered during his team’s Week Seven loss to the Saints.
Taking his place on the roster will be linebacker William Kershaw, who spent 2008 on the team’s active roster and who was released prior to the 2009 season.
And so the starting cornerbacks as the Dolphins prepare for two critical games at New York and New England (and beyond) will be two rookies — Sean Smith and Vontae Davis.
It’s unknown whether the Dolphins gave any consideration to bringing in veteran free agent Chris McAlister. But with nearly two months of regular-season play in the books and McAlister getting no serious sniffs, it looks like it might be over for him, and for other key big-name veterans who remain available, including receiver Matt Jones, receiver Marvin Harrison, tackle Jon Runyan, and running back Shaun Alexander.