After an injury to running back Knowshon Moreno in Sundays game against the Bills, the Miami Dolphins are working out former 49ers running back LaMichael James, who was released from the 49ers after requesting that they let him go so he can pursue his career elsewhere. The Dolphins also have Lamar Miller who split carries with Moreno, but they’re looking to replace Moreno who looks like he’ll miss at least a month with a dislocated elbow.
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With the addition of Carlos Hyde to the San Fransisco run game, LaMichael James found himself lost in a crowded backfield that already included Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter. A dislocated elbow in the preseason prevented James from making a bigger impression and a statement for more playing time.
James had 12 carries for 59 yards and two catches for 16 yards in 10 regular season games last year. He was also a return man and he averaged 10.9 yards per punt return and 26.8 yards per kick return last year.
James, 24, is just 5-8, 190-pounds but will find a team to take him in for special teams and especially plays that need a running back receiver. James is in his third year in the NFL out of Oregon where he had 1,805 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns in his final season.
The Dolphins will look to fill a void while Moreno is gone, but they may find a long term fit for James if signed.
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