The Miami Dolphins are dealing with another season ending injury, though for once it's not to an offensive lineman. This time, the injury is to running back Daniel Thomas, who was forced to leave yesterday's contest against the Carolina Panthers.
Thomas stayed down on the field for several minutes after being tackled awkwardly. He eventually was able to walk to the sidelines, where he threw his helmet to the ground and climbed up on the trainer's table. A few minutes later, the team carted Thomas to the locker room.
After the game, the running back was wearing a walking boot and on crutches.
According to a report from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Omar Kelly this morning, Thomas has torn a ligament in his left ankle, and is likely out for the remainder of the season.
Thomas' 2013 season featured 279 rushing yards on 77 carries, giving him a 3.6 yards per carry average. He scored three touchdowns, and served as the primary backup to Lamar Miller. Now, the team will likely turn to either rookie Mike Gillislee, who has not been active on game day at all this season, or to returner Marcus Thigpen, to spell Miller, who has 114 carries on the year for 475 yards.
Due to tie breakers, the Dolphins are currently 11th in the AFC, but there are currently six teams sitting at 5-6 on the year. Miami's last five games feature two of those teams, the New York Jets and the Pittsburgh Steelers, in three games. The Dolphins also face the 4-7 Buffalo Bills still this season.
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