The Miami Dolphins had a major scare when starting RB Reggie Bush left their Week 3 contest against the New York Jets with a knee injury.
However, an MRI reportedly revealed no structural damage and there is a chance the former No. 2 overall pick will be able to play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.
Regardless, those who own Bush in fantasy football leagues must take extreme caution and find a way to add backup Daniel Thomas to their roster.
Thomas performed admirably after taking over for Bush in the second quarter. He finished the game with 19 rushing attempts for 69 yards and a TD.
The second-year man out of Kansas State did lose a fumble for the second time this year, and he had to miss the ‘Phins Week 2 contest against the Oakland Raiders due to a concussion.
Regardless, Thomas is still worth the risk, as Bush’s uncertain health and history of injury make handcuffing the backup a must in 2012.
Lamar Miller (nine carries for 48 yards vs. the Jets) and Marcus Thigpen (no touches vs. NYJ) are the other two running backs on the roster, but it seems the Dolphins' coaching staff is content on letting Bush and Thomas get the majority of touches when healthy.
Considering that Ryan Tannehill may be the worst starting QB in the NFL, the ‘Phins are forced to rely on their ground game. With such a large workload, there are plenty of touches to go around in the backfield.
Miami is third in the league in rushing attempts per game (35.0) and fourth in average yards per game (175.7). They are tied for first with six rushing scores.
Because of this solid production and commitment to the running game, Bush is in line for an incredible fantasy season. However, there will be times when he will not be able to go, and Thomas should have no problem filling his shoes.
Find a way to trade for the backup and use him whenever Bush isn’t 100 percent, as it will certainly pay dividends and allow you to see little, if any, drop in production.