Slowly, more details have been unveiled regarding Miami Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno’s “medical issue” which has limited him in practice.
Moreno, who was signed to a one-year deal this offseason, could require surgery to repair his injured left knee, according to a report by Pro Football Talk on Friday. NFL Insider Ian Rapoport expanded upon this news later in the day, reporting that the 26-year-old running back will meet with a doctor next week to decide whether or not surgery is necessary.
Miami RB Knowshon Moreno, whose knee was bothering him, felt better yesterday. He’ll see a doc next week to determine if surgery is needed
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 20, 2014
Moreno tore his ACL back in 2011, but that was in his right knee. These issues with his left knee are apparently new and have affected his ability to join his new teammates on the practice field.
Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole shared concerns of his own about what he was told is a “bad” issue. In a video interview with Adam Lefkoe, he questioned just how much longer Moreno would even be able to play football with what he described as a “deteriorating knee.”
The short-term loss of Moreno for the Dolphins would surely be disappointing, but it would be an even greater bummer to see the young running back’s career cut short just as he’s entering his prime. He’s coming off his best year to date, having racked up over 1,000 yards on the ground and 10 touchdowns with the Denver Broncos.
Though he was not a lock to be the Dolphins’ starting running back, he was expected to be a major contributor with potential for great success in Bill Lazor’s spread offense as part of a tandem with third-year player and Miami native Lamar Miller. Through the first few sets of OTAs Lamar Miller has emerged as the leader in the backfield, however it’s become evident Moreno’s performance has been hampered by his knee injury.