There's a "good chance" that Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller will play in the team's game this week against the Detroit Lions. Miller injured his shoulder in Sunday's win over the Chargers.
Miller sprained the AC joint in his shoulder, a condition also known as a separated shoulder, in the Dolphins' 37-0 win over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. The injury came on a one-yard run for Miller in the third quarter, and he didn't return to the game, finishing with 11 carries for 49 yards and a touchdown.
Miller is considered to be day-to-day with the injury. After Sunday's game, he told the Herald that he should be "good" after treatment.
The third-year pro took over top running back duties for the Dolphins after Knowshon Moreno went down for the rest of the season with a torn ACL last month. Miller has 43 carries for 188 yards in three games since and has 106 carries for 518 yards and five touchdowns overall this season.
The Dolphins brought back Daniel Thomas after Moreno's injury to help add depth at the position and also have rookie Damien Williams, who came in for Miller after his injury. As a team, Miami ranks fourth in the NFL with 137.2 rushing yards per game.
The Lions will present a stiff challenge to the Dolphins' strong running attack on Sunday. Detroit, led by star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and linebacker DeAndre Levy, is first in the NFL in total defense, allowing 290.4 yards per game, and second in the league in run defense, allowing 74 rushing yards per game.
Miami is 5-3 this season after defeating the Chargers and tied for second in the AFC East. The Lions are 6-2 and in first place in the NFC North.
- Ben Estes