Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller left the team’s snowy Week 14 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers early, after suffering a concussion in the third quarter. Miller will now need to go through the NFL’s concussion protocol and mandated tests before returning to the field, but his team seems optimistic that he will be able to return next week.
Miller does not have a history of concussions, so that plays in his favor as he prepares to face the tests ahead of him this week.
Miller and the Dolphins must follow the league’s protocol, which requires Miller’s brain activity to match a baseline sample taken from him before this season. The baseline test will be compared with test results taken after Sunday’s injury to help assess the severity, and indicate when the symptoms subside.
The Dolphins are optimistic Miller, who leads the team with 567 rushing yards on 142 carries, will be cleared to play in time for Sunday’s home game against the New England Patriots.
If Miller suffers a setback and is unable to go, Daniel Thomas will be the workhorse against New England.
After a season-high 105-yards on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Dolphins don’t seem to have much to worry about if Thomas is set to fill in the starting role.