Jun 17, 2014; Davie, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno catches a pass during mini-camp at Miami Dolphins Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins' running back Knowshon Moreno may need knee surgery

The Miami Dolphins added only one running back to their squad this 0ff-season, former Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno, who has not been impressive this off-season thus far. Local media described Moreno as out of shape and overweight when he reported to the Dolphins’ organized team activities last month. Nothing that the South Florida heat won’t take care of, if he can get on the field.

Moreno has been dinged up lately, missing most of the team’s mandatory mini-camp. Until today, no one was quite sure what his injury bug was. The Palm Beach Post reported that Moreno may need to have his left knee scoped. In 2011, Moreno tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in 2011.

Moreno signed a one-year, three million dollar deal with the Dolphins this past off-season, and the team was hoping to have him compete, push, and takeover the starting role from Lamar Miller, who was less than adequate last season as the team’s featured back. Thus far, Miller is looking good and Moreno can’t stay on the field.

According to Profootballtalk.com, Moreno will have the knee examined some time next week.  If a scope is necessary, he should still be available for the start of training camp. The Dolphins are set to begin their camp at the end of July. They broke mini-camp yesterday.

Last season with the Denver Broncos, Moreno had a career year, rushing for 1,038 yards and added over 500 yards receiving for a Broncos offense that was predominately a passing game. He played in all three of the Broncos’ playoff games, including the Super Bowl loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

The Dolphins are installing a new offensive system designed by former Philadelphia Eagle quarterback coach Bill Lazor. It will feature a more diverse and spread formation offense that will utilize the running backs more in the passing game.

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  • Elvis

    Oh boy. Here we go. Who’s available on the FA market?

  • Pygskyn

    Shouldn’t be that big of an issue. Better it happens now than during the season when he would be lost for 6-8 games. If this explains everything else (being out of shape and all) then really it’s not that bad of an issue. Better he was out of shape due to a lingering injury than just being lazy. Especially if all that is needed is a scope (which sucks, but is much better than many other options)
    Also, with Miller looking so good so far in camp, even if it was worse, it’s looking like Miller is really responding to the new offense.
    All in all… not an ideal situation, but far from anything to worry too much about.