Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Dolphins place Daniel Thomas on IR, promote Julian Posey

With only two weeks left in the regular season (gotta be specific with the Dolphins still mathematically alive and all!), minor injuries can land you on injured reserve.

Such is the case for running back Daniel Thomas, who was deactivated for the remainder of the season Wednesday with a knee injury suffered in Week 15's win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The team's second-round pick in 2011, Thomas finishes his sophomore campaign with 325 yards and four touchdowns on a 3.6-yard average. He suffered two concussions early in the season that forced him to miss time and lost two fumbles on the season, though he fumbled only once after Week 3.

Rookie fourth-rounder Lamar Miller will step in as the team's primary backup to starter Reggie Bush, and it seems likely he'll get an extended look over the next two weeks with Bush's contract up in the offseason. Miller has bounced between the active and inactive list this season, rushing for 164 yards on a 4.6-yard average in 11 games.

Taking Thomas' spot on the 53-man roster is cornerback Julian Posey, who was promoted from the practice squad Wednesday. An undrafted rookie out of Ohio in 2011, Posey was signed to the practice squad on Oct. 3 and earned the call-up over fellow cornerback De'Andre Presley.

Posey, who spent part of his rookie season on the practice squad of the New York Jets, will be making his NFL regular season debut if he is active at some point over the next two weeks. He would likely be limited to special teams if he sees the field and probably falls behind newly-acquired veteran Dimitri Patterson on the depth chart.

The Dolphins also signed undrafted rookie corner Dion Turner to the practice squad to fill the void left by Posey's promotion. The 5-foot-11, 194-pound Southern Utah alum spent training camp with the Green Bay Packers and will use his time in Miami to try and earn a future contract for a chance to compete for a job next season.