After being ruled out for Thursday night’s game against the Carolina Panthers, the Miami Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown was further ruled for all the remaining games for this season: he was placed on injured reserve Wednesday because of a right foot injury.
Suffering the injury in last Sunday’s victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Brown unfortunately repeats what happened to him in the 2007 season, when he missed the final nine games with a right knee injury. The Dolphins had hoped Brown might be able to return this year but had to make the roster move after the running back was examined by a specialist.
As expected, back up Ricky Williams will replace Brown to start at running back for the remaining season. The 2002 NFL rushing champion is coming off his first 100-yard game of the season and is averaging a career-best 5.3 yards per carry. Everything is perfect but the age. Williams is 32 now, and a lot doubt that whether he can handle a workhorse role. Perhaps current backup running back Lex Hilliard, a 2008 sixth-round draft pick who has yet to carry the ball since putting on NFL jersey, may share some work with Williams.