The Miami Dolphins saved what would have been a disastrous season and found a way to sneak into the AFC playoffs with a slim victory over the New York Jets in Week 18.
It wasn’t pretty, and Tua Tagovailoa was out once again, but the Dolphins found a way to get it done and clinch the seventh seed in the AFC and a first-round meeting with the Buffalo Bills.
Unfortunately, the injury news keeps on coming down for Miami, this time concerning running back Raheem Mostert.
Sources: #Dolphins RB Raheem Mostert suffered a broken thumb in the playoff-clinching win over the #Jets. He gained 71 yards on 11 carries and was explosive. Now, status is in doubt against the #Bills.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 9, 2023
“Sources: #Dolphins RB Raheem Mostert suffered a broken thumb in the playoff-clinching win over the #Jets. He gained 71 yards on 11 carries and was explosive. Now, status is in doubt against the #Bills,” Ian Rapoport tweeted.
Mostert, the former San Francisco 49er, followed Mike McDaniel over from the Bay Area in the offseason and emerged as Miami’s leading rusher this season.
In 16 games, Mostert ran for 891 yards to lead the team and was tied with fellow former 49er Jeff Wilson Jr. with three rushing scores.
The last time the Dolphins played the Bills, Mostert ran for 136 yards on 17 carries in Buffalo, so losing him for this game will be a crushing blow for the team.
The Bills are the No. 2 seed in the AFC and they split the season series with Miami, losing to the Dolphins 21-19 in September in Florida.
Mostert’s playing status will be worth monitoring in the coming days, and if he can’t go, it will be Jeff Wilson Jr. and Chase Edmonds carrying the load in the rushing game for Mike McDaniel’s offense.