Never in his six-year career had Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown played in an NFL game when he ran the ball only three times.
Before two weeks ago, Ricky Williams could also have said the same about his 10-year career.
Yet during Miami's loss to the Bears on Thursday, that's exactly what happened to both of them. Brown and Williams each contributed three runs for 11 combined yards.
"In the last two games, our runners have 33 carries for 90 yards,'' Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said. "That isn't good enough.''
Far from it. During a season when the running game's production has been less than anticipated, this downward trend reached a new and extreme low. Adding to the unfathomable number of carries Thursday, the Dolphins were also down to a third-string quarterback who lost his star wide receiver to a hamstring injury before halftime. If ever it seemed the load would be on the shoulders of the backs, this was it.