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Dolphins place starting RB Gaskin on IR

FILE PHOTO: October 11, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Myles Gaskin (37) is congratulated by offensive guard Ereck Flowers (75) for scoring a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins running back Myles Gaskin landed on injured reserve on Thursday, a hit to Miami’s backfield ahead of the Week 9 trip to face the Arizona Cardinals.

Gaskin must sit at least three games before returning to the active roster. The Dolphins’ starting tailback is dealing with a knee injury.

Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores said Thursday morning that Gaskin suffered the injury in Week 8.

Gaskin emerged as the starter over Jordan Howard and Matt Breida. Gaskin started five games and rushed for 387 yards and two touchdowns on 100 attempts, plus 30 receptions for 198 yards.

Flores did not name Howard the starter, but the move is expected with Breida also dealing with a hamstring injury.

However, Howard was last active on gameday in Week 4 and has since been a healthy scratch. Patrick Laird and Salvon Ahmed are also backfield options for Miami, which traded for DeAndre Washington of the Kansas City Chiefs this week. Washington is not available until he clears COVID-19 protocols next week.

The uncertainty at running back could hamper the Dolphins as they plot an attack against an Arizona defense with seven takeaways in the past two games. The offense was vanilla in Week 8, Tua Tagovailoa’s first start at quarterback, and the Dolphins appear wary of asking him to do too much.

Tagovailoa completed 12 of 22 passes with one touchdown last week.

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