Banged-Up Dolphins Place RB Thomas on IR

Miami still has a chance at the playoffs, but must win last two games without several key contributors

By David Hill
|  Thursday, Dec 20, 2012  |  Updated 5:40 AM EDT
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The Miami Dolphins lost another key contributor on Wednesday, placing backup running back Daniel Thomas on injured reserve. He hurt his knee in Sunday's win against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Thomas is the team's second-leading rusher with 325 yards on 91 carries (a 3.6 yards-per-carry average) with 4 touchdowns. With Thomas out, rookie Lamar Thomas will back up starter Reggie Bush. In 11 games this season, Thomas has 164 yards on 36 carries, good for a 4.6 yard average.

The Dolphins signed defensive back Julian Posey from the practice squad to take Thomas' roster spot.

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Thomas is the second Dolphin to go on IR this week, after reserve TE Charles Clay earlier in the week. Clay tore a ligament in his knee against Jacksonville.

The Dolphins could also be without starting WR Davone Bess for a second straight week when they face Buffalo on Sunday. He missed the Jacksonville game with a back injury, and did not practice on Wednesday.

LB Koa Misi and CB Nolan Carroll also missed Wednesday's practice, while leading WR Brian Hartline was limited with a back injury.

The Dolphins still have something left to play for against Buffalo this week and New England next week. If Miami wins both and gets help elsewhere, the Dolphins can still make the playoffs.

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Miami needs Cincinnati to lose its final two games, Pittsburgh to beat Cincinnati and lose at home to Cleveland, and the Jets to lose one of their final two games.

"That's too much remembering," Reggie Bush said of that scenario. "I'm just worried about what we can control."

"It's a crazy league," QB Ryan Tannehill added. Last week he erroneously declared the Dolphins out of the playoffs. "You see a strange situation every year. Anything can happen. We've just got to keep plugging away."

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