Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm
Dolphins RB Daniel Thomas (knee, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 16. If Thomas can’t play, Damien Williams would serve as the primary backup to Lamar Miller, and Miller becomes a safer start.
Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm
Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 9:07am
The Dolphins have a nickel and dime passing game, an injury-decimated offensive line that is better suited to run block than pass protect, and a tailback in Lamar Miller who has one of the highest yards per carry averages (4.8 per attempt) in the NFL.
YET, the Dolphins, which have the seventh highest rushing average in the NFL, are consistent about abandoning the run game, even when it is working.
It happens each and every game the Dolphins don't have a lead going into the fourth quarter. The run game will be effective in the first half, like the 57 rushing yards the Dolphins produced on 13 first half carries against the Ravens. You know, the first half where the Dolphins owned a 10-7 lead and controlled time of possession.
Then the Dolphins will dump the rushing attack like it was a cheap date who farted at the dinner table.
The story goes on to point out the Dolphins gave Miller three carries in the second half of Sunday's 28-13 Ravens loss, which features Miami holding a third-quarter lead early. The Dolphins got the ball first in the third quarter and ran the ball zero times, it continued. On the second possession of the second half Miller's first carry gained 10 yards, and then his next two carries each produced 2-yard losses. From that point Miami was pass happy. The writer went on to say that it doesn't take much for the coaches to pull Miller from the game either, something fantasy owners are likely familiar with. The way the Dolphins use their backs is frustrating for Miller owners, especially when the once-cut and now-back Daniel Thomas remains an option. Based on all of this, Miller is a risky play this time of year, perhaps even in a good matchup.
LB Jonathan Freeny (hamstring), CB Jamar Taylor (shoulder)
TE Charles Clay (hamstring, knee), CB Cortland Finnegan (ankle), T Nate Garner (illness)
T Ja'Wuan James (neck)
T Oday Aboushi (shoulder), LB Antwan Barnes (knee), G Willie Colon (knee), RB John Conner (groin), WR Eric Decker (toe), DE Leger Douzable (ankle), LB David Harris (shoulder), RB Chris Ivory (shoulder), S Jaiquawn Jarrett (calf), RB Chris Johnson (knee), C Nick Mangold (shoulder), RB Bilal Powell (illness), DT Sheldon Richardson (back), QB Michael Vick (right wrist, illness)
With Clay unlikely to play again, Dion Sims will get the start. He had four catches for 31 yards filling in last week. The good news for Miami is RB Lamar Miller and WR Mike Wallace are both listed as probable. For the Jets, TE Jace Amaro is out as he goes through concussion protocol. Meanwhile, WR Eric Decker, RBs Chris Ivory, Chris Johnson Bilal Powell and QB Michael Vick are all probable in what could be a tough matchup against a solid Dolphins defense.
Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm
Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (knee) took full practice reps again Friday. Miller’s status will be updated on Saturday, though he’s expected to play in a tough matchup, though the Jets have a few injuries along the defensive line that may make this matchup more palatable.
With Bush out yet again, Theo Riddick can be dialed up as a Sneaky Start, especially in PPR formats. In the four games that Bush has missed, Riddick has averaged 4.8 catches for 53 yards and 0.5 TD. That’s 13.1 FP in PPR formats, or about what Lamar Miller has averaged as the #12 RB this season. We’re not expecting that level of production, but he can be used as a low-end RB2 or a flex in PPR and as a RB3-type in standard. Joique Bell also gets a bump with Bush out. He has averaged 18.5 touches when Bush has been out. The Lions are not running the ball well, but the volume is there.
Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm
Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (shoulder, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 12. Miller expects to play against the Broncos despite the questionable tag. It’s a tough matchup from a rushing standpoint, but Miller is typically involved in the passing game, and Miami may throw more than usual against Denver.
Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm
Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (shoulder) was limited Thursday after taking full practice reps Wednesday. It’s a mid-week downgrade, but the team may just be giving him some rest to let the shoulder heal. Friday’s practice will be key. He’ll likely have to be involved in the passing game to gain 90-plus yards from scrimmage for the second straight week.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm
Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (shoulder) practiced fully Wednesday. Miller looks like a full go for a tough matchup with the Broncos. He’ll likely have to be involved in the passing game to gain 90-plus yards from scrimmage for the second straight week.
Thursday, November 13, 2014, 7:18pm
Lamar Miller is active for the Dolphins and expected to see an increased workload from last week when he gained only 6 yards on 5 touches and played just 11 snaps. Still, Miller is not a recommended play on a short week in a tough matchup with the Bills, who are giving up the third fewest aFPA to running backs this season.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 5:52pm
Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (shoulder, probable) took limited practice reps Wednesday. The probable tag is encouraging, but we’re not expecting a big workload on a short week. The Dolphins will probably continue to rotate their backs and hope that Miller can avoid a setback. If that’s the case, he’ll have a few extra days to heal up for Week 12.
It is apparently not as it bad as it looks for Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller. If you are into connecting dots to build a picture, then the picture of the current situation would look terible for Miller.
But a source tells me Miller "is fine." He did not reinjure his shoulder against the Lions. He can practice this week (perhaps on a limited basis, if that's what trainers decide) and he can play against the Buffalo Bills on Thursday, barring another setback to the shoulder.
So after getting some bad injury news the past 24 hours, this is good news for the Dolphins.
Miller was limited in Week 10, and the team promoted LaMichael James today from the practice squad. We're still not sure what kind of role Miller will have in Week 11. It's a short week against the Bills. It's possible he was limited against the Lions so he can be ready to go Thursday night, but the short week is a concern.
Monday, November 10, 2014, 1:21pm
The Dolphins are promoting running back LaMichael James from the practice squad. That means Miami will have four running backs on the active roster — Lamar Miller, Damien Williams, Daniel Thomas and James.
James — 5-foot-9, 195 pounds — was a star running back at the University of Oregon. He led the NCAA in rushing with 1,731 yards in 2010.
He was drafted in the second round of the 2012 Draft by San Francisco but he’s rushed for just 184 yards in his career.
Miller is dealing with a shoulder injury and was limited to just four carries in Sunday’s loss to Detroit. Williams had a team-high seven carries for 34 yards. It may be a move to add some insurance at the position, especially if Miller is going to be limited, or perhaps even out. It's a quick turnaround as the Dolphins play the Bills Thursday night.
It's not great news for those expecting to play him. Miller is in a tough matchup at Detroit on top of possibly being limited. It looks like Daniel Thomas and Damien Williams will cut into Miller's workload, making Miller a bit of a risk. Be sure to check our Important Last Minute News section Sunday morning to see if there is anything more regarding Miller's status and playing time.
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