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|Entering 2011, Thomas was in a virtual dead heat with fellow Saints rookie Mark Ingram in the battle to be the top first-year running back taken in fantasy drafts. While Ingram was joining a high powered Saints offense, he was staring at a running back by committee situation with Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles while Thomas appeared destined to be the lead back in a rotation with the injury-prone Reggie Bush. Unfortunately for Thomas, on his way to fantasy stardom, Bush enjoyed the healthiest and most productive year of his career. Meanwhile, Thomas was the more injury-prone of the two players, missing three games and playing several others with an assortment of injuries. After rushing for 107 and 95 yards in his first two games, Thomas highest rushing total over the balance of the season was 73 yards and he had more than 50 yards in just two more games. Even more unimpressive was that he was billed as a power back coming out of college but failed to find the end zone once despite amassing 165 rushes. Throw in a 3.5 average yards per carry and Thomas’ rookie season was a disaster. With new head coach Joe Philbin installing a west coast offense, Thomas’ value in Miami is based on his size and ability as a short yardage runner. He currently rates as a RB4 but the risk is that intriguing rookie 4th round pick Lamar Miller may supplant him as Bush’s handcuff by opening day.
| Lamar Miller no worse for wear after Week 10 -- Mon Nov 10 2:40 pm --|
Dolphins promote LaMichael James from practice squad
|It is apparently not as it bad as it looks for Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (separated AC joint). He carried only four times, which was the fewest time this year and less than either Daniel Thomas or Damien Williams. The Dolphins also informed practice squad RB LaMichael James on Monday that he was being promoted to the 53-man roster.
But a source tells me Miller "is fine" and that he did not reinjure his shoulder in Week 10. He can practice this week (if that's what trainers decide) and play against the Buffalo Bills on Thursday, barring another setback to the shoulder. (Miami Herald)|
FF Today's Take: The promotion of James would typically mean that Miller was a question for Thursday's AFC East battle with Buffalo, but it appears to be a play-it-safe move more than anything else. Regardless, the Bills possess one of the best run defenses in the league, making any Dolphins' running back a flex play at best in Week 10.
| Lamar Miller suffers shoulder injury in Week 9 -- Mon Nov 3 4:00 pm --|
Sprained AC joint
|Lamar Miller left Sunday’s game late in the third quarter with a shoulder injury. As part of its examination, the team’s medical staff asked Miller to lift his hand over his head. He could only get it about halfway. Flash-forward to the victorious locker room, and he showed a similar difficulty when putting on his shirt.
But Miller, who rushed for 49 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, said he only sustained a stinger and could have returned to the game, had that outcome not already been decided. (Miami Herald)|
FF Today's Take: Dolphins beat writer Armando Salguero tweeted Monday that Miller was diagnosed with a sprained AC joint - the same injury that has bothered DeSean Jackson and Jordan Cameron this season. Given Miller's position, he is at a much higher risk of aggravating the injury than Jackson or Cameron. Thus, Damien Williams and Daniel Thomas - in that order - should be considered as must-have handcuffs until further notice.