Daniel Thomas Injury: Updates on Dolphins RB's Head

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IOctober 7, 2012

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 07: Running back Daniel Thomas #33 of the Miami Dolphins scores a touchdown as he dives past defenders Vontaze Burfict #55 and Nate Clements #22 of the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on October 7, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Miami Dolphins' running back Daniel Thomas took a blow to head in his team's Week 5 contest against the Cincinnati Bengals. It knocked him from the game, and his status for Week 6 is uncertain. 

UPDATE: Sunday, October 28 at 12:31 p.m. ET by Rob Goldberg

Daniel Thomas was not listed on Sunday's inactive list, according to the Dolphins' official Twitter account.


Dolphins Inactives |QB P. Devlin, CB R. Marshall, LB J. Kaddu, OL W. Yeatman TE M. Egnew, WR R. Matthews & WR A. Armstrong#MIAvsNYJ

— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) October 28, 2012


The running back had been struggling with concussion-like symptoms, but he should be ready to play against the New York Jets.

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UPDATE: Monday, October 21 at 1:15 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

Daniel Thomas' time on the sidelines is over and he is back on the practice field. 

Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post reported the news via Twitter. 

Daniel Thomas looks full go at #Dolphins practice. Richard Marshall not here. RB Jonas Gray practicing for the first time all season

— Ben Volin (@BenVolinPBP) October 22, 2012

This is excellent news for the Dolphins as Thomas adds depth and provides an excellent complement to Reggie Bush in the backfield. 

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UPDATE: Tuesday, October 16 at 1:35 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

It looks like Thomas will be back in action after the bye. Ben Volin of The Palm Beach Post has the update:

Daniel Thomas said he's been cleared for contact after suffering second concussion and he can return to practice

— Ben Volin (@BenVolinPBP) October 16, 2012

The Dolphins managed only 19 rushing yards against the St. Louis Rams and Reggie Bush has been playing through a knee injury, so having Thomas back—at least in terms of depth—is good news for the Dolphins.

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UPDATE: Sunday, October 14 at 12:05 p.m. ET by Rob Goldberg

The Miami Dolphins official Twitter feed lists Daniel Thomas as inactive for Sunday's game.

Dolphins Inactives | P. Devlin, J. Gaffney, R. Marshall, D. Thomas, W. Yeatman, M. Egnew, R. Matthews. #STLvsMIA

— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) October 14, 2012

Reggie Bush will still be the starter, but rookie Lamar Miller out of the University of Miami will likely get some additional looks.

Thomas was unlikely to be a fantasy contributor this week regardless after inconsistent playing time in the beginning of the year.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, October 10 at 11:50 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Daniel Thomas is not participating in Dolphins practice today, according to Miami Herald's Armando Salguero.

#Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas (concussion related) is apparently not practicing today. Hasn't been cleared for contact.

— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) October 10, 2012



ESPN's John Clayton passed along the news. 

Add Daniel Thomas to list of players who suffered head injury. Status unknown

— John Clayton (@ClaytonESPN) October 7, 2012

Obviously, this is likely due to concerns over a possible concussion. If it is determined that the second-year back does indeed have a concussion, he will have to pass the NFL's concussion protocol before he will be cleared to play. 

Everyone recovers from concussions at a different rate, and there are certainly different severity of concussions, which makes any speculation on a time table for his return pointless. 

His absence will certainly be felt by the Dolphins. As I type, they have the ball with time running out and a 17-13 lead over the Bengals. It's always nice to have a full arsenal of running backs when trying to grind out the clock. 

Thomas had 10 carries for 29 yards and a touchdown when he left the game. 

And, even though Thomas backs up Reggie Bush, if he misses any future games, it will cause the Dolphins to rethink their strategies with their goal-line offense. 

ESPN points out a very specific problem Thomas' absence will present to Miami with this stat:

After 1-yard TD run by Daniel Thomas, 4 of #Dolphins 8 TD runs this season have been from 1-yard out (most in NFL).

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 7, 2012

So Dolphins fans and fantasy owners of Thomas, keep it locked on this page as we will bring you updates on his status as they become available.