The Miami Dolphins have re-signed running back Daniel Thomas, according to his agent, as reported by the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson. The move comes a day after running back Knowshon Moreno dislocated his elbow during the team's game against the Buffalo Bills.
Thomas was the team's second round draft pick in 2011. During his first three years in the league, Thomas has run for 1,312 yards on 365 carries with eight touchdowns. He also has 42 receptions for three touchdowns.
He was released during the final round of roster cuts in August. Thomas became expendable with the signing of Moreno this offseason, but is now a need signing as the team looks to add depth at a position that lost their leading rusher in Moreno and their starting carrier Lamar Miller against the Bills. Miller injured his ankle, though no prognosis on severity or length of any potential missed time has been made. Thomas already knows the Miami offense and will be able to quickly fit into the game plan as the Dolphins prepare to face the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend.
Moreno entered Sunday's game as the NFL's leading rusher, with 134 yards against the New England Patriots in Week 1 on 24 carries. He added one more attempt against the Patriots, gaining three yards. As he was tackled, he planted his left arm on the ground, only to have another tackler hit his elbow, bending it backward. He immediately left the game and was ruled out of any return to the contest, with reports later indicating the dislocated elbow. He is expected to undergo testing to discover the severity of the injury and judge how long he may be out.
The Dolphins will have to make an associated roster move to make space for Thomas. That move has not been announced.
The Dolphins have placed Sammy Seamster on injured reserve to make roster space for Thomas.