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Report: Myles Gaskin’s knee injury the reason Dolphins traded for DeAndre Washington

Dolphins, DeAndre Washington, Myles Gaskin

The 2020 NFL trade deadline was one of the most inactive in recent memory, but the Miami Dolphins made a couple interesting moves.

Miami traded wide receiver Isaiah Ford to the New England Patriots, giving New England some more depth amid a slew of injuries.

The Dolphins also looked to enhance their own depth, acquiring DeAndre Washington from the Kansas City Chiefs to bolster the backfield. Unbeknownst to fans at the time, they did so because of an injury to Myles Gaskin.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports Gaskin has a sprained MCL and is expected to miss three games.

This is brutal news for the Dolphins and for Gaskin, who had emerged from the scrum as the starting running back after Jordan Howard and Matt Breida proved ineffective.

Gaskin became a legitimate offensive weapon out of the backfield. He had rushed for under 4.0 yards per carry through the first seven games, but he had also seen a pretty consistent amount of targets while giving the Dolphins more stability.

However, Miami will have to hope Breida and Howard or Washington can add some production over the course of the next three games.

Breida has played just 30 percent of the offensive snaps this season, while Howard has not taken the field since Week 4. Washington made just one brief appearance for the Chiefs, though he did show a glimpse of his two-way ability as a rusher and receiver in 2019 with the Raiders.

Regardless, the Dolphins will attack the running game by committee in an effort to replace Gaskin and assist rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Miami won Tagovailoa’s first start this past weekend against the Los Angeles Rams, though the rookie struggled. He could use all the help he can get from his teammates.

The Dolphins are 4-3 on the season.