9:56am: Running back Daniel Thomas didn’t survive the Dolphins’ preseason cutdown to 53 players, but he’s heading back to the team that waived him just over two weeks ago. According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald (via Twitter), the Dolphins and Thomas have agreed to a one-year contract.
Thomas, a second-round pick in 2011, received 365 carries during his three seasons in Miami, but failed to make a significant impact with those opportunities, averaging just 3.6 yards per rush. When the club signed Knowshon Moreno in free agency this offseason, it made Thomas expendable, and he failed to earn a spot on Miami’s Week 1 roster.
However, Moreno went down with a dislocated elbow during yesterday’s contest in Buffalo, and Lamar Miller was also banged up in the second half, prompting the Dolphins to add some running back depth. Having spent the preseason, as well as the previous three seasons, with Miami, Thomas is familiar with the system, making him a good fit for the roster, even if the team doesn’t necessarily want to rely on him as a primary option.
The Dolphins will have to make a corresponding roster move to clear an opening for Thomas.