Bye, Bye Ronnie Brown: Foot Injury Takes RB to IR

Jacob SloanSenior Analyst INovember 18, 2009

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 15:  Running back Ronnie Brown #23 of the Miami Dolphins runs past linebacker Barrett Ruud #51 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Land Shark Stadium on November 15, 2009 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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The Miami Dolphins have placed Ronnie Brown on IR with a foot injury to end his season. Adam Schefter filed the story this afternoon, and ESPN now has the official word . Apparently, this injury was much more serious than feared.

What does this mean for the Miami Wildcat?

Who knows? "May not even run it," a coy Sparano said. “Never know.”

But don’t order your coffins yet, fantasy owners. There’s still hope, right?

Well, at least there’s always Ricky Williams , who now assumes the duties of starting running back. With increased carries, he can't be expected to take over both Ronnie Brown's and his own level of production, but it’ll be something.

Williams has already had his fair share of big days even while sharing with Brown, and, for at least the next two weeks, he gets to run against the Panthers and the Bills. Even if the Miami offense takes a step back without Brown’s Wildcat wrinkles and bursts, Williams should be an adequate replacement.

Plus, there’s no frustration when the other part of the RBBC gets all the touchdowns, right?

Well, that didn’t seem to cheer you up. If you didn’t get Williams as a handcuff or backup to Brown this season, you got options.

You do also have the good fortune of losing your starting running back when a great deal of the best running backs in fantasy went down with injury.

Bernard Scott would be the most lucrative grab of the multitude available, but only if Cedric Benson ends up missing time (and if Larry Johnson really does just ride the bench as depth). My gut feeling is that Benson misses at least one game.

The Bengals should at least hold him out a week for the sake of keeping him fresh. It’s on the Raiders after all, and then the Browns, and then the Lions.

Yeah, Scott’s a good grab.

So don’t punch your ticket to miss the playoffs…yet.