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Dolphins promote RB De’Veon Smith from practice squad

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The Miami Dolphins are adding depth to the running backs group, according to a report from the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero. The team, on Saturday, have promoted running back De’Veon Smith from the practice squad, adding him to a position group that currently features Damien Williams, Kenyan Drake, and Senorise Perry. The Dolphins traded away running back Jay Ajayi earlier this year.

Adding Smith could be a signal that the knee injury that has Perry listed as questionable on the Week 11 injury report could be enough to hamper his abilities in this week’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Smith likely fills the roster position vacated by linebacker Rey Maualuga on Saturday. The Dolphins waived the nine-year veteran Maualuga after he was arrested Friday night on battery charges.

Smith joined the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent this year. He spent four seasons playing at the University of Michigan, where he rushed for 2,235 yards with 22 touchdowns on 495 attempts, a 4.5 career yards per carry average, in 41 games played.