Knowshon Moreno RB MIA 6 Days

Dolphins placed RB Knowshon Moreno (knee scope) and C Mike Pouncey (hip surgery) on the active/PUP list.

Speaking Thursday, coach Joe Philbin said Moreno was expected to go "full throttle" before "too long." He could be activated within the week. Pouncey is expected to miss all of camp, and could revert to the reserve/PUP list, which would cost him the first six games of the regular season.

Knowshon Moreno RB MIA 6 Days

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin believes it won't be "too long" before Knowshon Moreno (knee scope) is cleared to go "full throttle."

Moreno is a month removed from going under the knife, where he was given a 4-5 week timeline. Moreno can't afford any setbacks as he does battle with Lamar Miller for No. 1 duties. Either out of shape or on the shelf for the majority of his Dolphins tenure, Moreno is shaping up as a thoroughly mediocre late-round fantasy option.

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Knowshon Moreno will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee this week, and is expected to miss 4-5 weeks.

Moreno should be ready for Week 1, but is likely to open training camp on the active/PUP list, and be held out of practice until his knee is fully recovered and he's in shape. Moreno reported to OTAs overweight. The knee scope won't help his conditioning woes, putting Moreno on the shelf for at least the next month. He'll probably end up doing a lot of stationary-bike riding in August. Lamar Miller is the heavy favorite to start at tailback for Miami in Week 1.

Knowshon Moreno RB MIA 1 Month

Knowshon Moreno, who may need surgery on his left knee, revealed the Dolphins were "the only team that reached out to him during free agency."

Moreno's market was awfully quiet for a player who posted stats of his caliber in 2013, which makes us wonder if teams were wary of his health, in addition to the inflation of that production in Peyton Manning's offense. Moreno is seeking a medical opinion this week to determine whether he needs a knee scope. If he does, the Dolphins may have to explore acquiring another running back.

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Citing a source who's seen Knowshon Moreno's knee, the National Football Post's Jason Cole reports the issue is "bad."

The source told Cole that Moreno "probably will play" in 2014, but the "issue is how long." It sounds like a potentially degenerative condition, and something that could shorten Moreno's career. He turns 27 next month. Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Moreno will seek a medical opinion next week "to determine if surgery is needed." Moreno may wind up undraft-able in fantasy leagues.

Knowshon Moreno RB MIA 1 Month

A source with knowledge of the situation tells Profootballtalk the "medical issue" holding Knowshon Moreno out of spring practices is a knee injury, and Moreno "may need arthroscopic surgery."

PFT later states it's "nothing significant," but undergoing any kind of knee surgery with training camp approaching when you're in a position battle is certainly significant. PFT does state the injury is not to the same knee in which Moreno tore his ACL in 2011, though that could be taken as he now has flags on both knees. It's entirely possible the Dolphins bought damaged goods here. Good thing they didn't end up paying much ($1.25 million guaranteed).

Knowshon Moreno RB MIA 1 Month

According to the Palm Beach Post, Knowshon Moreno is "mostly hanging out on the sidelines and being timed while he runs" at Dolphins minicamp.

The team hasn't made much of it, but it's certainly curious Moreno has now been yanked out of practice while the likes of Mike Gillislee and Orleans Darkwa get reps. One early-Thursday report stated Moreno is battling a "medical issue." Reports during OTAs were that Moreno reported overweight and out of shape.

Knowshon Moreno RB MIA 1 Month2 Comments

A source tells the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that Knowshon Moreno has been battling a "medical issue" during OTAs and minicamp.

Moreno admitted to being out of shape during OTAs a couple weeks ago and has participated sparingly in this week's minicamp. The Sun-Sentinel's source wouldn't reveal the exact injury, but says the ex-Bronco has been "hindered by it for a couple weeks." Keep in mind this paper has an incredibly poor track record when it comes to reporting accuracy, but we found it notable nonetheless. Whether Moreno is injured or not, Lamar Miller's neck is out in front of this battle.

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According to the Miami Herald, Knowshon Moreno "appears to have lost some weight" after reporting to OTAs out of shape.

Coach Joe Philbin "insisted he's pleased with (Moreno)," though the Herald states Lamar Miller "remains clearly ahead" of Moreno "for the starting running back job." Still just 23 years old, Miller obviously offers the highest ceiling in Miami's backfield. Moreno is a steadier player at this point in their careers, but will not beat out Miller if the light has truly flipped on.

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Knowshon Moreno admitted that his fitness is "definitely not there."

Moreno was dropped all the way down to third- and fourth-string work during Monday's OTAs while Lamar Miller continues to get the bulk of first-team reps. That doesn't mean this battle is over. Moreno pledged to stay in Miami for the bulk of his summer vacation, "working out in the heat." The Miami Herald is tentatively expecting the end result here to be a committee approach.