Miami Dolphins RB Raheem Mostert says he’s cleared from knee injury

MIAMI — Dolphins running back Raheem Mostert announced Monday that he has been released for training camp activity after recovering from a knee injury since the start of last season.

Mostert made the announcement on social media. tweet“It’s time to leave!!”

“It’s not easy to hear people tell you that you might never step back on the field… But when you put your faith in yourself, your faith, your determination and modern medicine, good things happen. Hard work pays off! More than grateful!! ” he added.

Mostert ruptured cartilage in his left knee during the 49ers’ first game of the season in 2021 and missed the rest of the year as he had surgery in October. He signed a one-year contract with the Dolphins that offseason but did not attend spring practice as he continued to recover.

First-year coach Mike McDaniel, who coached Mostert from 2017 to 2021 in San Francisco, was noncommittal about Mostert’s status for the start of the season when asked about him in May, but insisted the team wouldn’t let the eight-year veteran would push back.

“I know he’s expecting to play Week 1 and we’re not going to rush it,” McDaniel said. “He’s come too far to suffer a setback so he works diligently day in and day out. But when he’s ready, he’ll be on the field for sure.”

Known as one of the NFL’s fastest players, Mostert has struggled to stay on the field for the past two seasons, playing just nine games out of a possible 33. However, when he was healthy in 2019 and 2020, he was one of the most efficient and dangerous runners in the league. Mostert ranked second among running backs with an average of 5.37 yards per carry and eighth in percentage of rushes of 10 or more yards (14.1%).

He joins a now-crowded Miami backfield that was in dire need of an upgrade. Only the Texans and Falcons averaged fewer yards per game than the Dolphins last season, but the team signed former Cardinals running back Chase Edmonds and former first-round pick Sony Michel this offseason, along with Mostert.

While not necessarily expected to be Miami’s feature running back, Mostert’s experience with McDaniel’s system should be an invaluable guide in the Dolphins locker room.

“I’m trying to implement my role when I was with the 49ers, the space that was built and the space that was built, we lean on each other,” Mostert said in March. “It’s not so much, ‘Hey, look, I’m going to hit this guy. i am competitive I’m going to go out there and show everyone that they made the wrong mistake by signing him and not signing me.’ It’s more like, “Hey, look, we’re all brothers, we’re in this together and that’s how we’re going to go about it. I want to see you win and I hope you want to see me win.”

“One thing I even discussed with the running backs coach [Eric Studesville] When I got into the facility I basically explained it to him and the attitude I have for the running backs group is I’m going to help you support your family and you will help me support mine feed. I lived with that when I returned to Coach [Bobby] Gymnasts in San Francisco. He conveyed that to the room. I’ll teach that to the guys who aren’t too familiar with the scheme and the playcalls and all that.”

Mostert, 30, also said in March that he was “ahead of schedule” with his rehab and that his doctor called him the “fastest healing patient he’s ever seen.”

His return will add even more menace to Miami’s redesigned offense as both he and Edmonds are adept runners and receivers from the backfield.

“Yeah, I love the idea. I love the concept of me and Raheem in the backfield together,” Edmonds said. “Unfortunately I was a huge fan of his game before he got injured and just to really see his explosiveness. Honestly, he’s probably the fastest running back in the NFL when he’s running at top speed, so I think it really adds a sense of explosiveness to the offense and being able to just capitalize on the fact that we’re both really good Have yards-per-carry averages. I think that’s something we can do to help this offensive. Miami Dolphins RB Raheem Mostert says he’s cleared from knee injury

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