Malcolm Brown

Miami Dolphins
Running Back #39
Miami Dolphins
Running Back #39
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Malcolm Brown News

Won't come off IR

Coach Brian Flores said Wednesday that Brown (quadriceps) will not be activated off IR in Week 18, Travis Wingfield of the Dolphins' official site reports.

Analysis: Brown was designated to return from IR in mid-December, but his 2021 season will come to an end without his making another appearance. Through seven games prior to suffering his quad injury, Brown handled 33 carries for 125 yards and a score. He also secured three of five targets for 10 yards.

Jan 5, 2022 7:41 AM EST

Not ready to return

The Dolphins didn't activate Brown (quad) off IR ahead off Sunday's game against the Jets, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Meanwhile, per Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald, Phillip Lindsay will remain on the reserve/COVID-19 list , which sets the stage for Miami's Week 15 backfield to include Myles Gaskin, Salvon Ahmed and Duke Johnson.

Dec 18, 2021 1:55 PM EST

Designated for return to practice

The Dolphins have designated Brown (quadriceps) to return from IR, Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus reports.

Analysis: Brown appears to have a real chance at retaking the field Week 15 versus the Jets, and his return to practice is a notable step in the right direction. The veteran running back hasn't played since Week 7 due to a lingering quad injury. All of Myles Gaskin, Salvon Ahmed and Phillip Lindsay currently reside on the COVID-19 list after having returned positive tests, and though all three could have a chance to face New York due to being vaccinated, it's also possible that Brown could end up operating as one of the only available options in a backfield that currently only houses a healthy Duke Johnson.

Dec 16, 2021 6:47 AM EST

Could make Week 15 return

The Dolphins anticipate Brown (quadriceps) will resume practicing this week, and he could be activated from injured reserve ahead of Sunday's game against the Jets, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Before suffering the quad injury Week 7 and landing on IR, Brown had been a secondary member of a Miami backfield committee headlined by Myles Gaskin. In seven appearances, Brown averaged 5.1 touches and 19.3 yards per game, but he could be headed for his largest workload of the season if he's activated from IR for Week 15. At the moment, Duke Johnson is the only healthy back on the 53-man roster, as the three players ahead of him on the depth chart -- Gaskin, Phillip Lindsay and Salvon Ahmed -- have all tested positive for COVID-19 in recent days. Since all three players are vaccinated, they'll have a shot at suiting up Sunday if they can clear the necessary protocols in expedient fashion, but Brown could still have a role on offense if he's able to show the quad injury isn't bothering him in practice. Miami will likely officially designate Brown for return from IR later this week.

Dec 13, 2021 2:32 PM EST

Remains sidelined Wednesday

Brown (quadriceps) won't participate in Wednesday's walkthrough, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Brown remains on injured reserve as he continues to deal with a quad injury that he sustained in Week 7. It's not yet clear when he'll be able to return, but he'll have extra time to recover before the Dolphins take on the Jets on Dec. 19.

Dec 8, 2021 8:09 AM EST

Still not ready to practice

Coach Brian Flores said Friday that Brown (quadriceps) will not be ready to resume practicing Week 13, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: The Dolphins will go on bye after Sunday's game against the Giants, so Brown's next opportunity to play will come Week 15. With Phillip Lindsay (ankle) having joined Miami's running back room, the team doesn't have any real incentive to rush Brown back on the field until he's fully healthy.

Dec 3, 2021 8:10 AM EST

Return pushed back another week

Coach Brian Flores said Wednesday that Brown (quadriceps) will not be designated for return from IR in Week 12, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Brown hasn't played since Week 7 due to a hamstring injury, and his next earliest chance to return will come Dec. 5 versus the Giants. Flores said that all of Brown, Will Fuller (finger) and DeVante Parker (shoulder) are all at the very least getting closer to a return.

Nov 24, 2021 8:17 AM EST

Won't return in Week 11

Brown (quadriceps) won't be activated from injured reserve ahead of Sunday's game against the Jets, Hal Habib of The Palm Beach Post reports.

Analysis: Brown was placed on IR in late October and has been sidelined for three games, but he'll be forced to miss at least one more contest while he recovers from a quad injury. Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed will continue to serve as the Dolphins' top rushing options in Week 11.

Nov 15, 2021 10:05 AM EST

Goes on IR

The Dolphins placed Brown (quadriceps) on injured reserve Tuesday.

Analysis: As expected, Brown will head to IR and miss the Dolphins' next three games after sustaining the quad injury in Sunday's 30-28 loss to the Falcons. With Brown out of the mix, Miami is left with Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed as its lone healthy running backs. Expect the Dolphins to elevate at least one of Patrick Laird, Duke Johnson or Gerrid Doaks from the practice squad ahead of the team's Week 8 game in Buffalo to provide a third option behind Gaskin and Ahmed.

Oct 26, 2021 1:13 PM EST

Expected to land on IR

Brown (quadriceps) is expected to be placed on injured reserve, Travis Wingfield of the Dolphins' official site reports.

Analysis: Brown sustained a quadriceps injury in the first quarter of Sunday's loss to the Falcons, and he'll likely be forced to miss at least three games. The 28-year-old had recorded just eight carries across the last three weeks, but Salvon Ahmed could see a slightly increased role behind Myles Gaskin while Brown is sidelined.

Oct 25, 2021 11:06 AM EST

Won't return Sunday

Brown (quadriceps) has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Analysis: Brown was limited by a rib injury earlier in the week and went down with the quad issue early in Sunday's contest. He received the start and had three carries for 10 yards and one reception for minus-one yard before going down with the injury. Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed will continue to handle the backfield work for Miami.

Oct 24, 2021 11:43 AM EST

Hurts quad Sunday

Brown injured his quadriceps during the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Falcons, Marcel Louis-Jacques of reports.

Analysis: After Brown was limited by a rib injury during Week 7 prep, he was cleared for action and even started Sunday, earning the first RB touches for the Dolphins. Prior to his departure, he had three carries for 10 yards and caught his only target for minus-1 yard. In Brown's absence, Miami is down to Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed out of the backfield.

Oct 24, 2021 10:19 AM EST

Cleared for action in Week 7

Brown (ribs) doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Falcons, David Furones of the Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Brown's clearance despite a trio of limited practices is a silver lining in a lengthy Dolphins injury report that lists wide receivers DeVante Parker (shoulder/hamstring) and Preston Williams (groin) among seven questionable players. Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed remain ahead of Brown on the Dolphins' running back depth chart, but their pecking order seems to be fluid on a week-to-week basis, so Brown could carve out a sizable role if he gets hot; he has notched at least five touches in five of his first six games with Miami.

Oct 22, 2021 12:40 PM EST

Reps capped Wednesday

Brown was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice due to a rib injury, Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: So long as Brown can maintain limited activity throughout the week or upgrade to full participation by Friday, he should be in good shape to play Sunday against the Falcons. Since playing a season-high 65 percent of the Dolphins' offensive snaps Week 4 against the Colts, Brown has seen his playing time drop to 10 and 37 percent over the past two weeks. Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed both look to be ahead of Brown in the backfield pecking order.

Oct 20, 2021 1:25 PM EST

Sees five carries

Brown recorded five carries for 24 yards in Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Jaguars. He added one reception for seven yards.

Analysis: The Dolphins backfield devolved into a nearly even three-way split between Brown, Salvon Ahmed and Myles Gaskin. Brown led the way in yardage, thanks in large part to a 16-yard gain early in the second quarter. It's difficult to trust any member of the rushing attack in Miami at this point, and Brown has yet to surpass 35 rushing yards in any game this season.

Oct 17, 2021 1:58 PM EST

Not involved Week 5

Brown did not log a single carry during Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Brown was invisible on offense while Myles Gaskin handled five carries and 10 targets (not to mention two touchdowns), and Salvon Ahmed operated in the No. 2 role out of the backfield. The Dolphins haven't distributed the running back workload in a predictable way on a weekly basis, and this isn't an offense that produces especially valuable backfield touches, so it may be best to leave Brown off the fantasy radar except in deep leagues.

Oct 12, 2021 2:37 AM EST

Little doing vs. Colts

Brown carried the ball eight times for 23 yards and secured his only target for four yards during Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Colts.

Analysis: Brown's eight carries were actually a season-high mark, and Myles Gaskin rushed just twice in the contest, but none of Miami's backfield options were able to find success on the ground. The Dolphins may be forced to abandon the run again Week 5, in the event that Tom Brady and the Buccaneers' offense gets out to a lead and Jacoby Brissett struggles to keep things competitive.

Oct 4, 2021 8:49 AM EST

Finds end zone Sunday

Brown carried the ball seven times for 31 yards and a touchdown and failed to catch either of his two targets in Sunday's 31-28 overtime loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: He did most of his damage on a 24-yard TD carry in the first quarter, helping the Dolphins jump out to an early 14-0 lead that the defense couldn't protect. Brown still saw far fewer touches than Myles Gaskin despite his early success, but with backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett under center for at least two more weeks while Tua Tagovailoa (ribs) is on IR, the Dolphins could put more emphasis on the running game in Week 4 at home against the Colts.

Sep 26, 2021 7:06 PM EST

Another five-carry day

Brown handled five carries for 21 yards during Sunday's 35-0 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Brown split backfield work fairly evenly with Myles Gaskin (five carries) and Salvon Ahmed (six carries) during Sunday's blowout loss, though the gamescript was admittedly unusual. It remains to be seen whether Tua Tagovailoa (ribs) or Jacoby Brissett will start Week 3 against the Raiders, but no matter the case, Brown's rotational role will make it difficult to start him in almost any fantasy format.

Sep 20, 2021 4:38 PM EST

Solid effort in preseason win

Brown rushed 10 times for 43 yards and a touchdown in the Dolphins' 37-17 preseason win over the Falcons on Saturday night.

Analysis: The offseason acquisition turned in an impressive effort after backfield Myles Gaskin notched a pair of first-half touchdowns and 71 total yards. Brown's rushing score came from a yard out and capped off Miami's opening possession of the second half. Brown didn't look anywhere near as effective while playing against members of the Bears' first-unit defense in the preseason opener, however, so it remains to be seen if he's done anything that would be enough to dislodge Gaskin from what may be the lead-back role to open the season, even if he holds that title by a relatively narrow margin.

Aug 21, 2021 7:39 PM EST

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