The Chiefs will face two former running backs on Sunday when they play the Dolphins.
The Miami Dolphins are facing significant losses in the backfield as they prepare to host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Given the losses, it actually means a couple former Chiefs players will end up getting meaningful reps against their former team, as both DeAndre Washington and Elijah McGuire are expected to help run the ball on Sunday afternoon.
According to NFL reporter Adam Schefter, the Dolphins are down to just a trio of healthy backs heading into Week 14 against the Chiefs.
The Dolphins have mostly relied on Myles Gaskin as their feature back in 2020, so his lost is the most significant of the bunch. On the year, Gaskin, who was the team’s seventh round selection in 2019, has 121 carries for 477 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also has 32 catches for 249 receiving yards.
What’s striking about the number of backs lost is that all three sit atop the list of rushing leaders for the Dolphins on the year. It’s not just Gaskin who was lost up top but Matt Breida (No. 2) and Salvon Ahmed (No. 3) who were also ruled out for the game.
That means that DeAndre Washington, who started the season with the Chiefs, is the most experienced back on the roster for the Dolphins, despite the fact that he only has 15 carries for 51 yards on the year for Miami. He had 13 carries for 49 yards just two weeks ago in a 20-3 win over the New York Jets.
Washington was an offseason signing for the Chiefs to compete for a scatback role, but given the lack of preseason games, Darrel Williams and Darwin Thompson ended up winning the final active roster spots as holdovers from last season. Washington accepted a role on the practice squad. He was eventually promoted to the active roster and played 10 snaps for the Chiefs in Week 7 against the Denver Broncos, but he was released shortly thereafter.
As for McGuire, he signed with the Chiefs last November and lasted the entire offseason with the team as well. However, he was cut before the start of the 2020 regular season and spent the first couple months of this season on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad. He joined the Dolphins earlier this week.
The Chiefs kick off against the Dolphins at 12:00 p.m. C.T. on Sunday.