The Miami Dolphins placed running back Knowshon Moreno on injured reserve on Oct. 14 -- two days after he hurt his ACL during a Week 6 home loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Miami Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno is out for the rest of the 2014 NFL season.
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The Dolphins placed Moreno on season-ending injury reserve on Tuesday after he injured his ACL during a Week 6 home loss to the Green Bay Packers, per The Miami Herald's Adam H. Beasley:
"When Knowshon Moreno showed up to work Tuesday, you would have needed a copy of his MRI to have the slightest clue his season was over.
"Moreno suffered his second major ACL injury in four seasons Sunday afternoon, but Tuesday he barely walked with a limp.
"That might help explain how Moreno could suffer a year-ending injury in the Packers game, yet the Dolphins have no idea for the better part of the day.
"Despite hurting his knee, apparently on a third-quarter catch and run, he didn't tell the appropriate people on game day that something was amiss -- not his coach, and not his medical staff.
"That's according to Joe Philbin, who defended the team's handling of Moreno's situation against criticism that the team did not properly report the injury at the time. Moreno didn't play for most of the second half, but the coaching staff has repeatedly said that the decision was not based on his health.
"'I didn't know of his injury and we went with the guys the we felt gave us the best chance to win the game,' Philbin said.
"Sometime between then and Tuesday morning's roster move, Moreno had imaging taken of his knee, which showed it too damaged to play again this season.
"It cuts short a promising first -- and possibly only -- year in Miami, which will be remembered more for his medical issues than for anything he did on the field.
"He needed arthroscopic knee surgery over the summer, costing him much of training camp, and then dislocated his elbow in Week 2.
"Sunday's loss to Green Bay was his first game back. It will also be his last.
"That news came as a surprise to teammates, who, like their coach, had no clue something was wrong.
"'It's always tough losing a player, but when a guy brings so much emotion and intensity to the game, it's going to be tough without him,' Mike Wallace said of Moreno, who carried the ball 31 times for 148 yards after signing a one-year, $3 million contract.
'But we've got some guys who can hopefully rally together and fill those shoes.'
"The most likely candidate: Lamar Miller, who has been one of the most efficient running backs in football. He is averaging 5.2 yards per carry this year, which is tied for fourth among qualifying players."
ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter James Walker also agrees Moreno may have played his last down as a Miami Dolphin:
"There is a strong chance that running back Knowshon Moreno played his last game as a member of the Miami Dolphins in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers. His tenure in Miami included one explosive game in Week 1 and a trio of tough injuries.
"The Dolphins on Tuesday placed Moreno on season-ending injured reserve with an ACL injury. He faces a long road to recovery. These kinds of knee injuries usually take about nine to 12 months of rehab.
"Moreno had knee surgery in the summer that caused him to miss time in training camp and an elbow injury that kept him out of two games in the regular season. In addition, Moreno missed 19 games during his five years with the Denver Broncos. Moreno's physical style has caused a lot of wear and tear, which makes him a risky long-term investment.
"The Dolphins knew that when they signed Moreno to a one-year deal in the spring. It was a show-me contract to see if Moreno could stay healthy and be the spark Miami was looking for in the running game. Moreno showed what he could do in one game with 134 rushing yards against the New England Patriots. He finished the season with just 148 rushing yards and one touchdown in three games.
"Moreno, 27, stayed true to form with constant injuries. It's best for the Dolphins to move on at the tailback position. Starting running back Lamar Miller (330 yards, three touchdowns) is on pace for a career year and they would be better off finding a younger, healthier power tailback in next year's draft to replace Moreno."
Moreno has rushed for 3,616 yards and 27 touchdowns on 876 carries in 63 career regular-season games with the Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins, per ESPN stats.
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