Just about the time that Miami Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas started winning over the hearts and cheers of Miami fans his hard running will come to an end. Mike Sherman announced today that Thomas will undergo season ending surgery to repair torn ligaments in Thomas’ ankle. An injury he sustained in Sunday’s loss to Carolina.
Thomas has been the ire of fans since his rookie season out of Kansas. He has had fumble issues and frankly at times ran with far too much softness. Over the past month and a half however, Thomas has found a rhythm that has taken him from the fan doghouse to the water cooler conversations. In a season that has been ugly Thomas has been a pleasant surprise at times.
Regardless of how well he has been running Thomas is still nowhere near considered a featured back. A few plays a game and a few big strong runs isn’t going to make you consistent. The question of whether Thomas will be in Miami come 2014 is up in the air. While he made some great hard runs this season, his ankle injury may end up costing him his final season. If memory serves, 2014 will be Thomas’ contract year.
The Dolphins will likely turn to rookie Mike Gillislee for the remainder of the season. Hopefully getting a solid look on what, if anything he can contribute to this team.