New Miami Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno will undergo a knee scope on his left knee, keeping him sidelined for about a month.
ESPN's Adam Schefter has the news:
And...Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery this week and miss four to five weeks, per ESPN sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 23, 2014
NFL.com's Albert Breer provided some extra details.
Also, Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno had his knee scoped. Basically, a clean-up job. Likely out a month.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) June 23, 2014
Will Carroll of Bleacher Report also passed along context for Moreno's surgery:
Moreno's knee surgery was very minor. Will be back in plenty of time for camp, but med staff monitoring recovery. Maintenance key.— Will Carroll (@injuryexpert) June 23, 2014
Training camp doesn't begin for another month and the start of the regular season is still more than two months away. So if the timeline is accurate, the 26-year-old running back has time to rehab and still be ready to go.
Still, this isn't exactly the start in Miami he or the Dolphins were hoping for. In addition, the team received further bad news on Monday when Schefter reported starting center Mike Pouncey underwent hip surgery and will miss at least three months.
Moreno, who tore the ACL in his right knee in 2011, had a breakout season with the Denver Broncos last year, tallying over 1,500 yards from scrimmage to go with 13 total touchdowns. In March, he signed a one-year contract with the Dolphins for $3 million, highlighting the weak free-agent market for running backs.
Of course, as Rotoworld's Patrick Daugherty joked, there are many who believe he was just a product of Denver's offensively dominant system:
It's possible the root cause of Knowshon Moreno's "health issue" is no longer taking handoffs from Peyton Manning.— Patrick Daugherty (@RotoPat) June 19, 2014
Moreno is expected to compete with Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas for the starting job, but even after a slow start in camp, he hasn't sounded concerned.
"I'll do whatever my role is on that team at that point," he said, via Fox Sports' Ross Devonport. "That was my role, on special teams or scout team. I embraced that and did what I had to do. I've always been that way."
Still, this setback means he'll have some extra ground to make up on the depth chart.