As if it could not get worse for the Miami Dolphins, Football Nation has learned that running back Daniel Thomas suffered a torn ankle ligament that will more than likely sideline the third-year runner for the remainder of the season, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
The Miami ground game has been an Achilles Heel of the franchise and among one of the worst in the NFL this season. Thomas’ season can to a screeching halt in the 20-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
The 2014 season will be the final for Thomas, who will be in his final year of his rookie contract.
Thomas and fellow running back Lamar Miller were in a battle for the starting slot in preseason where Miller edged the Kansas State product, but neither has proven to be the right choice for the Dolphins, who are 5-6 this year.
Miller will get the call to start when the Dolphins face the New York Jets this Sunday with rookie Mike Gillislee backing him up and Charles Clay possibly seeing more time in the backfield in goal line situations for the team.
In other Dolphins news…
Changes in New York
The Dolphins will face the Jets on Sunday with a possible change behind center. This week, Jets head coach Rex Ryan is being noncommittal about who would be the starting quarterback. The Jets have thrown 19 interceptions this season. Also, Smith may be the most off and on passer in the NFL.
Smith threw two interceptions and was sacked three times in the loss to Baltimore on Sunday.
Wallace more involved
Mike Wallace was the main target of Ryan Tannehill in the game against Carolina. Wallace, the controversial free agent signing caught five passes for 127 yards and a touchdown on Sunday. The pass thrown to Wallace, however, could not be caught and the Dolphins could not overcome the Panthers.