Miami Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno disclocated his elbow and possible fracture on his first carry during his team's 29-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 14. He is expected to sit out four to eight weeks.
Knowshon Moreno dislocated his elbow on his first carry during the Miami Dolphins' 29-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 14.
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In addition, Moreno may have suffered a possible fracture, per The Miami Herald's Nick Veronica. He is expected to sit out four to eight weeks:
"Knowshon Moreno was the NFL's leading rusher after the first week of the season and was a key factor in the Dolphins' opening victory against the New England Patriots.
"His encore performance didn't go quite as planned.
"Moreno was injured on his first touch of the game Sunday in a 29-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills and did not return.
"Moreno will miss four to eight weeks with a dislocated elbow and possible fracture.
"'I saw him on the ground and knew it wasn't good, because he never really stays on the ground,' receiver Mike Wallace said. 'It was quiet for a little while. But it was early in the game and we had to keep playing. We missed his intensity. We missed that out there. We needed that.'
"The Dolphins were facing second-and-4 from their 31-yard line on their second possession of the game. Ryan Tannehill took the snap in shotgun formation and handed off to Moreno, who ran to the right for 4 yards.
"As Bils cornerback Nickell Robey was bringing Moreno down, linebacker Nigel Bradham came over to assist on the play and hit Moreno's planted left arm, bending the elbow in a way elbows shouldn't bend.
"'I think he tried to put his arm down to stay up. I didn't try to hit it,' Bradham said. 'I just dove, and I think my shoulder pad hit his elbow or something.'
"Fellow running back Orleans Darkwa said he didnt' think there was anything Moreno could have done to avoid the injury.
"'Knowshon knows what he's doing,' Darkwa said. 'He runs hard. Freak injuries happen.'"
Veronica adds the Dolphins suffered another blow when running back Lamar Miller sustained an ankle injury in the fourth quarter. However, it was not deemed serious. Miller with 46 yards on 11 carries for Miami. Neither he nor Moreno spoke with the media at game's end.
ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter James Walker offers his take on the Moreno injury:
"Although the Dolphins didn't give an official timeline and Moreno didn't speak to reporters after the game, media reports have already indicated Moreno could miss up to a month with a dislocated elbow. That would be a long month for the Dolphins.
"The offense looked like a shell of its Week 1 self with Moreno out of the lineup against Buffalo. Miami, after scoring 33 points last week against the New England Patriots, was shut out in the first half and finished with just 10 points against Buffalo.
"'Obviously, we'd love to have him, but you have to deal with those things,' Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said. 'They pop up in football. Injuries happen. So it didn't really impact the game plan. Other guys have to step up. That's football. If a guy gets injured you can't really alter things.'
"We are about to find out how important Moreno is to this Dolphins team. The free-agent acquisition quickly established himself as the heart and soul of the offense with his energy, intensity and consistent play.
"Not coincidentally, the Dolphins lacked energy, intensity and consistency Sunday. Buffalo's defense quickly deflated the downtrodden Dolphins offense, which averaged just 3.9 yards per play.
"The Dolphins couldn't run the ball with any efficiently without Moreno. Miami had just 80 rushing yards on Sunday after running for 191 with Moreno the previous week.
"'We weren't even close to matching their intensity,' Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace said. 'We did a good job of playing football, but the (Bills') intensity was so much higher than ours that I think that's why they won the game, honestly.'"
The 27-year-old Moreno has rushed for 3,602 yards and 27 touchdowns on 869 carries in 61 career regular-season games through Sept. 15, per ESPN stats.
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