Gore won't require surgery for his sprained foot, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Gore's injury is significant enough to sideline him for the Dolphins' final two games and a potential playoff run, but it's nothing that should impact his preparation for 2019. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Gore is still hoping to suit up for a 15th NFL season, with the veteran eyeing another year in Miami if he and the Dolphins can work out a new deal. Kalen Ballage and Kenyan Drake will handle the brunt of the work out of the backfield for the remainder of the current campaign.
Coach Adam Gase said Wednesday that he doesn't know if Gore (foot) wants to continue playing football after the 2018 season, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports. It was widely assumed the 35-year-old running back signed with Miami for a farewell tour, but Gore might consider playing another season after he posted his best yards-per-carry mark (4.6) since 2012. Gore may also be hesitant to end his career on a down note, as he finished out his 2018 campaign on injured reserve, snapping a streak of 126 consecutive games played. As for the immediate future, rookie fourth-round pick Kalen Ballage is set to replace Gore in a backfield timeshare with Kenyan Drake, though Brandon Bolden may also get a few opportunities.
Gore (foot) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday. With Gore -- who led the Dolphins with 722 rushing yards on 156 carries through 14 games -- now out for the season, the profile of rookie Kalen Ballage in the Miami offense is set to expand down the stretch. Like Gore before him, Ballage is expected to handle most of the early down work while Kenyan Drake offers a change-of-pace option and picks up the bulk of the snaps on passing downs. Special-teams standout Brandon Bolden could also earn a slight uptick in opportunities as the No. 3 back.
Gore (foot) is scheduled for an MRI on Monday to see if he suffered any ligament damage, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. X-rays have already ruled out a fracture, but that doesn't necessarily mean the 35-year-old running back avoided a serious injury. Gore was initially diagnosed with a foot sprain, hobbling out of the locker room with a walking boot over his left foot after Sunday's 41-17 loss in Minnesota. Rookie fourth-round pick Kalen Ballage took advantage with 12 carries for 123 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown to pull Miami within four points early in the third quarter. With Gore looking unlikely to play Week 16 against Jacksonville, the Dolphins figure to rely on some combination of Ballage, Kenyan Drake and Brandon Bolden in the backfield. Drake's role in the passing game may be secure, but he and Bolden took just one carry apiece during Sunday's blowout loss.
Gore was spotted leaving the Dolphins' locker room Sunday with his left foot in a walking boot, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports. Prior to his exit from the Dolphins' 41-17 loss to the Vikings, Gore carried five times for 14 yards. With his Week 16 status up in the air, Kalen Ballage -- who led Miami on Sunday with 12 carries for 123 yards (highlighted by 75-yard TD run) -- is worth a speculative add. Kenyan Drake, who had been splitting backfield work with Gore, carried just once in the contest for six yards and caught all three of his targets for 28 yards.
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