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Dolphins Knowshon Moreno could be headed for surgery

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The disappearance of Knowshon Moreno this offseason could be due to a knee issue, one which may soon require surgery.

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The Miami Dolphins have ended their offseason workout program, with nothing on the schedule between now and the July start of training camp.  Most players will use this time to go on a vacation with family, continue to workout on their own, and simply rest before the season starter.  For running back Knowshon Moreno, this break could include surgery on his left knee.

Moreno, the former Denver Broncos runner, joined Miami this offseason on a one-year, $3 million contract, with $1.25 million of that guaranteed.  He was expected to battle for the starting running back position, if not outright claim it as his own.  Depending on how serious the knee injury is, and how long recovery from surgery would take, Moreno may simply be fighting to have a 2014 season.

Pro Football Talk was the first to suggest Moreno is facing surgery, but also pointed out that this is not the same knee in which Moreno suffered a torn ACL.  In 2011, Moreno tore his right ACL in a game against the Kansas City Chiefs mid-way through the season.  PFT explains that the current issue is "nothing exotic or unusual," and that the surgery would be an arthroscopic procedure that is "nothing significant at this point."

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport adds that Moreno will be seeing "a doctor next week to determine if surgery is needed."

Yesterday, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Omar Kelly reported that it was a "medical issue" that was keeping Moreno from working with the starters in Organized Team Activities and minicamp, but his source would not go into any more specifics.