Dolphins Rumors: Raheem Mostert's Status vs. Bills Uncertain After Thumb Injury

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 9, 2023

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 13: Miami Dolphins running back Raheem Mostert (31) looks toward the stands after scoring a touchdown during the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, November 13, 2022 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. (Photo by Peter Joneleit/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Raheem Mostert's availability for Sunday's AFC Wild Card Round game against the Buffalo Bills is uncertain after he suffered a broken thumb in an 11-6 Week 18 win over the New York Jets, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

The Miami Dolphins running back carried the ball 11 times for 71 yards and had two receptions in the victory.

Mostert led the team in rushing yards (891) this season and scored three rushing touchdowns, and he finished third in yards from scrimmage after catching 31 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns.

The midseason addition of Jeff Wilson Jr. helped to lessen Mostert's workload. Wilson ran for 392 yards and three touchdowns in eight games with Miami, and he had 31 carries over the final two weeks compared to 20 for Mostert.

Still, Mostert's thumb injury is another variable for the Dolphins when they're already unsure of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa's status.

Tagovailoa was sidelined for the last two weeks after suffering his second concussion of the season. According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the third-year quarterback was in the concussion protocol as of Sunday.

Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz

Tua ended yesterday still in first 3 steps of concussion protocol. Unclear when 3 doctors will allow him to move to step 4 and then potentially step 5. Any player must clear all 5 steps to be allowed to play. McDaniel will address Tua late today, Wednesday and Friday.

Miami listed 16 players on its injury report for Week 18, and Tyreek Hill joined that group when he injured his ankle against the Jets.

An 8-3 record through 11 games generated plenty of deserved optimism in South Beach, but the Dolphins proceeded to lose five straight games as the injuries added up. Considering their luck isn't turning around on the player health front, they might have a short stay in the postseason.