Dolphins RB Larry Johnson has not been able to recapture his 1,700-yard rusher form -- not that he's gotten much of an opportunity. He has only 2 yards on one carry this season. And with rookie Daniel Thomas getting more and more confidence and more and more healthy with each passing day, Johnson's days on the roster may be numbered.
At this point it seems Johnson's status is directly tied to the team's injury situation.
If the Dolphins need to fill a roster spot to tighten up a position lessened by injuries -- say, cornerback, for example -- Johnson's roster spot might be at stake.
Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano confirmed that he plans to continue giving running back Reggie Bush at least 20 carries each game.
As evidenced by Albert Haynesworth's one-armed tackle Monday night, Bush simply doesn't have the power to succeed between the tackles or at the goal-line. And the team appears to have given up on rookie Daniel Thomas already. They re-signed ancient Larry Johnson and worked out ancient Brian Westbrook, although they have not signed Westbrook to a contract.
The biggest evidence of Miami's inept passing game was a fourth and goal at the half-yard line after Chad Henne and Davone Bess had gotten the team within inches of scoring. Instead of seeing Reggie Bush, Daniel Thomas, or Larry Johnson trying to power over the goal-line, Henne threw an incomplete pass and the ball reverted to New England on downs.
As long as Bush remains the feature back, look for Miami to become a passing team with Chad Henne, who did not look bad on Monday night and has some weapons at his disposal. Bush is most effective in the passing game. Still, can anyone argue this team is better WITHOUT Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams?