Between position battles at running back and injuries throughout his career, Miami running back Daniel Thomas hasn’t always had it easy during his NFL career.
Despite still being listed as probable for an ankle injury, Thomas showed what made him one of Kansas State’s best career running backs by rushing for 105 yards and a touchdown in Miami’s 34-28 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Thomas broke off a 55-yard rush late in the fourth quarter to help set up the Dolphins’ go-ahead touchdown.
Elsewhere around the league, New Orleans running back Darren Sproles was the leading rusher for the Saints in Sunday night’s 31-13 win over the Carolina Panthers, doing so with just one carry.
Sproles rushed one time for 38 yards, which was 24 more yards than any of his teammates rushed for in a game won through the air. Sproles also finished with three catches for 23 yards in the win.
Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman was active on Sunday for the first time in weeks, but did not play as backup to Matt Cassel in Minnesota’s 29-26 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Ravens’ linebacker Arthur Brown finished with three solo tackles, including a tackle on Adrian Peterson that knocked him out of the game with an ankle injury.
In the Green Bay Packers 22-21 win over Atlanta, Jordy Nelson finished with four catches for 85 yards. Teammate Chris Harper remained inactive.
In Cincinnati’s 42-28 win over Indianapolis, cornerback Terence Newman finished with four tackles.
Philadelphia running back Bryce Brown had 19 yards on six carries in the Eagles’ 34-20 win over the Detroit Lions.
San Diego linebacker Reggie Walker had a solo tackle on the quarterback in the Chargers’ win over the New York Giants, while the offensive line, including Jeromey Clary, allowed just two sacks on the day.