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Knowshon Moreno placed on injured reserve ending his season

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Miami Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno has been placed on season ending injured reserve.

Mike Ehrmann

The Miami Dolphins have placed running back Knowshon Moreno on injured reserve, ending his season. The team announced the move this morning, describing the injury to Moreno as a "ACL injury." Moreno played three games this season.

The Dolphins signed Moreno in the offseason to work as a tandem with incumbent starter Lamar Miller. In his three games, Moreno rushed 31 times for 148 yards and a touchdown. He injured his elbow in the team's second game, a loss to the Buffalo Bills. On his first carry of the game, as he was tackled, he braced himself on the ground, just as another defender came in to hit him. He left the game with a dislocated elbow, missing the team's Week 3 and 4 games. After the bye week in Week 5, Moreno was expected to again become a big factor in Miami's offense, but was unavailble for much of the second half against the Green Bay Packers, for reasons unknown at the time. 

With Moreno out, the Dolphins will likely return to the combination that worked in his place during his elbow injur rehab, Miller and Daniel Thomas. Thomas was inactive for the Packers game with Moreno back and able to play. The Dolphins also currently have running back Damien Williams on the 53-man roster, along with LaMichael James, Orleans Darkwa,  and Marcus Thigpen on the practice squad.

Placing Moreno on IR frees up the roster space needed for the team to reactivate Derrick Shelby from the suspension list.

Miami faces the Chicago Bears in Week 7 with a 1pm ET kickoff in Chicago's Soldier Field.