Walton rushed 14 times for 66 yards and brought in his only target for minus-8 yards in the Dolphins' 31-21 loss to the Bills on Sunday. Walton led the way in carries and rushing yardage for Miami, comfortably outpacing both Kenyan Drake and Kalen Ballage. The workload was the highest of the season for Walton by far, and considering the type of solid ground production he parlayed it into, he presumably secured a larger role heading into a Week 8 Monday night matchup versus the Steelers.
Walton (thumb) doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Bills, Hal Habib of The Palm Beach Post reports. The thumb issue limited Walton's participation in practice throughout the week, but the Dolphins were seemingly just exercising caution with the second-year back, who took on an enhanced role in the team's Week 6 loss to the Redskins. Walton played a season-high 32 offensive snaps in the contest, finishing with 32 yards on six carries and another 43 yards on five receptions. At this point, Walton seems to have safely moved ahead of Kalen Ballage in the backfield pecking order, and he could begin to start cutting into Kenyan Drake's workload as well.
Walton (thumb) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports. Walton has opened the week with two straight limited practice sessions, but there doesn't seem to be much concern about his availability for Sunday's game against the Bills. In fact, coach Brian Flores indicated that he "could see" Walton serving as the Dolphins' lead option on the ground in the contest, per Hal Habib of The Palm Beach Post, though Kenyan Drake is still expected to see his fair share of involvement as well. Even so, with Drake on the trade market and a candidate to be dealt before the Oct. 29 deadline, Walton could be in line for significant opportunities moving forward if he continues to impress the Dolphins staff, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
Walton was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice due to a thumb injury, Safid Deen of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Walton likely picked up the injury at some point during the Week 6 loss to the Redskins, during which he accrued a career-high 75 yards on 11 touches. It's encouraging that he wasn't held out of practice entirely, and Walton will have two opportunities to upgrade to a full practice before Sunday's game against Buffalo.
Walton gained 32 yards on six carries during Sunday's 17-16 loss to Washington, adding 43 yards on five catches. Walton's 11 touches Sunday were just two fewer than his previous season total. He delivered with the added exposure, picking up gains of at least 10 yards on four touches on this way to 75 total yards, a career high and five better than starter Kenyan Drake. Should Walton continue to get a larger share of carries, he'll face a tough challenge in Week 7 against division rival Buffalo.
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|9||11/03||New York Jets||25||19.67|
|14||12/08||@New York Jets||25||19.67|
|15||12/15||@New York Giants||28||21.71|
|17||12/29||@New England Patriots||1||6.71|
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