Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno Suffers Season-Ending ACL Injury


A severe knee injury has ended another NFL running back’s season. F&TS insider Richie “Dick” Burns confirmed that Miami Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno tore a ligament in his knee during Week 6 against the Green Bay Packers. The ACL injury will prevent Knowshon Moreno from playing for the Dolphins again this season. Moreno was on the field in three games this season, rushing 31 times for 148 yards and one touchdown. He also had one reception for eight yards. He rushed for 134 yards on 24 carries in the team’s season-opening victory over the New England Patriots. Moreno signed a free-agent contract with the Miami Dolphins in 2014, after playing for the Denver Broncos for five seasons.

Moreno has rushed for 3,616 yards with 1,409 yards on 158 catches. He has scored 36 total touchdowns during his career.

After Moreno, What’s Next?

Moreno was signed in the off-season to form a dynamic running back duo with interim Dolphins running back Lamar Miller. With Knowshon Moreno out of action with an ACL injury, Miller becomes the Dolphins’ primary ball carrier. The Miami Dolphins drafted Miller in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. The third-year back will now have the chance to prove he’s a number one running back.

Injuries have completely derailed Moreno’s tenure with the Dolphins so far. Moreno dislocated his elbow earlier this season and did not play for two games. Miami was hoping Moreno could replicate his Broncos success. Knowshon Moreno hit his NFL and fantasy football stride in Denver with Peyton Manning as his backfield mate. Before signing with the Dolphins, Moreno set career-highs with 1,038 yards rushing, 548 yards receiving, and 13 total touchdowns in 2013.

Moreno’s roster spot will be filled by defensive end Derrick Shelby after the team ended his indefinite suspension. Shelby was suspended last week after he was arrested on misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and trespassing. Fantasy football owners should adjust their rosters accordingly, especially if they drafted Moreno as their RB 2.