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Dolphins Lose Moreno, Gain Mosley For 2015 Season


The Miami Dolphins have potentially been handed some good and bad news on the same day. It is being reported that running back Knowshon Moreno will not take the field in 2015 over concerns that the knee injury that sidelined him last season has not yet come to pass.

Meanwhile, Miami has signed former Detroit Lions defensive tackle, C.J. Mosley – not to be confused with the sophomore linebacker currently on the Baltimore Ravens – to a one-year deal, shoring up an already dangerous D-line.

Dolphins beat writer for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Omar Kelly, broke the Moreno story, tweeting “Moreno won’t be playing football in ’15. His knee isn’t right.”

If true, this sustained injury could severely threaten the rest of Moreno’s on-field career. The tailback has only played two full sixteen-game seasons since being drafted by the Broncos in 2009. He thrived under Peyton Manning in his final season with Denver, racking up almost 1600 all-purpose yards during the regular season, only to become a non-factor in their Super Bowl blowout at the claws of the Seahawks. Last year, his first in Miami, lasted only three starts before succumbing to a torn ACL in mid-October.

Injuries of that severity are often a crapshoot when it comes to rehabilitation. The best most teams can typically hope for is a season on the sidelines, but some take far longer to heal. Sadly, it’s hard to imagine Moreno returning in 2016 and having any real impact again in the NFL.

ESPN’s NFL insider Adam Schefter broke the Mosley signing, announcing only a one-year deal with the Dolphins. Now entering his eleventh year, Mosley has racked up 14 sacks and 188 tackles in a prototypical career that has spanned many teams and defensive schemes.

Mosley joins fellow ex-Lion Ndamukong Suh and criminally underrated fringe pass rusher Cameron Wake in Miami, fortifying the defensive line into the team’s unquestioned strong point on defense. The unit has been formed with one purpose in mind: making Tom Brady well acquainted with the turf. As the only team with a realistic shot of toppling the Patriots for the AFC East crown, the D-line will need to live up to every inch of its hype in 2015.

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