The Miami Dolphins have placed now-starting running back Kalen Ballage on injured reserve with what they fear is a torn Achilles tendon. Although with the diagnosis not official, Miami is ruling it a season-ending lower leg injury.
Additionally, with shifting Ballage to IR status, the Dolphins claimed RB Zach Zenner off of waivers from the Arizona Cardinals.
What Miami Loses with Ballage
Ballage played in 12 games with six starts for Miami this year. He had the second lowest yards per carry total in NFL history with a minimum of 70 carries. He finishes the year with 74 carries for 135 yards and a 1.8 YPC. He also finishes with three touchdowns and 14 receptions for 63 yards. Ballage became a Dolphin after Miami selected him out of Arizona State in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft (131st overall).
What Miami Can Gain with Zenner
Zenner entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Detroit Lions in 2015. He has played with three teams, Detroit (2015-18), New Orleans (2019) and Arizona (2019) before joining the Dolphins. He has played in 40 career games (six starts) and has 177 carries for 683 yards (3.9 YPC). He also has eight TDs and 29 catches for 282 yards.
Zenner is currently listed as the third rushing option on Miami’s official depth chart. Patrick Laird is in line to start on Sunday with fellow rookie Myles Gaskin as the backup. De’Lance Turner remains fourth on the depth chart.