Laird was signed to the Buccaneers' practice squad Wednesday, Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus reports.
Analysis: Laird will return to the Buccaneers after he was waived Tuesday. The running back will begin the 2022 season the practice squad, but he provides the team with another backfield option with NFL experience.
Aug 31, 2022 9:50 AM EST
Laird was waived by the Buccaneers on Tuesday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Laird failed to make the Buccaneers' final roster after joining the team mid-camp this summer. The running back produced 35 rushing yards on 13 carries and caught four passes for 20 yards while playing in two games this preseason. Laird is a top candidate to join the Buccaneers' practice squad if he passes through waivers unclaimed.
Aug 30, 2022 9:15 AM EST
Laird rushed 12 times for 35 yards and secured all three targets for 19 yards in the Buccaneers' 27-10 preseason loss to the Colts on Saturday night.
Analysis: Laird was thought to be a borderline camp body when he signed Aug. 15, but the combination of his extended look Saturday and the lingering absence of Giovani Bernard (ankle) arguably at least leaves open the possibility the Buccaneers are at least contemplating the former as a possible No. 4 back. Greg Auman of The Athletic notes Bernard is guaranteed $895,000 if he's still with the team Week 1, and Laird is also three years younger than his 30-year-old veteran teammate while boasting solid pass-catching skills in his own right. The immediate fate of both players will be known soon enough, considering Tuesday's 4pm ET 53-man roster deadline.
Aug 29, 2022 10:18 PM EST
Laird rushed once for no gain and brought in his only target for one yard in the Buccaneers' 13-3 preseason loss to the Titans on Saturday night.
Analysis: Laird, who'd just signed with the Bucs on Monday, logged a total of 10 snaps from scrimmage and five additional on special teams. The fourth-year pro had last seen game action back in Week 13 of last season with the Dolphins, and he figures in as a long shot to make the final 53-man roster with the team's top four running back spots seemingly set.
Aug 22, 2022 8:28 PM EST
The Buccaneers signed Laird on Monday, independent NFL reporter Dov Kleiman reports.
Analysis: Laird appeared in six games last year for Miami before landing on injured reserve with an MCL injury. He was designated to return from IR at the beginning of January, but he remained sidelined for the remainder of the campaign. Now healthy, he'll look to carve out a role in Tampa Bay's backfield, which just put Kenjon Barner (undisclosed) on IR and has Giovani Bernard (ankle) dealing with an injury.
Aug 15, 2022 11:18 AM EST
Laird (knee) was designated to return from injured reserve Wednesday.
Analysis: The running back has been inactive since Week 13 while dealing with a MCL injury. Laird will now be able to return to practice ahead of the conclusion of the 2021 season.
Jan 5, 2022 5:01 PM EST
Laird (knee) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.
Analysis: Laird sustained an MCL sprain in the first quarter of Sunday's win over the Giants, and he'll be forced to miss at least three games. Since the Dolphins have a Week 14 bye, the 26-year-old won't be eligible to return until the regular-season finale against the Patriots on Jan. 9.
Dec 8, 2021 1:22 PM EST
Laird was diagnosed with an MCL sprain Monday and is expected to miss multiple weeks, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports.
Analysis: Laird suffered the injury in the first quarter of Sunday's win over the Giants and was quickly ruled out after being examined in the medical tent. With the 26-year-old expected to be sidelined for multiple weeks, it's likely that he will be placed on injured reserve to open up a roster spot. Laird has played double-digit offensive snaps just twice this season, so his absence shouldn't impact the Dolphins' offensive rotations.
Dec 6, 2021 10:13 AM EST
Laird has been ruled out from Sunday's game against the Giants.
Analysis: Laird suffered the injury in the first quarter and walked off the field under his own power after being looked at by trainers. He then went into the medical tent and ultimately the locker room before being quickly ruled out. The severity of the injury is not clear at this point, but Laird's next chance to return will be Week 15 as the Dolphins have a Week 14 bye.
Dec 5, 2021 10:41 AM EST
Laird recorded one carry for four yards and secured his only target for five yards during Sunday's win over the Jets.
Analysis: Laird was marginally involved on offense, though it's notable that his only target did come in the red zone. The presence of Duke Johnson, who was bumped up from the practice squad versus New York and handled four carries, further seemed to limit Laird's offensive opportunities.
Nov 23, 2021 3:54 AM EST
Laird secured his only target for 10 yards during Sunday's 26-11 loss to the Bills.
Analysis: Laird jumped from the practice squad to the 53-man roster in time to make his season debut Sunday, with Malcolm Brown (hamstring) now on IR. Both Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed worked ahead of Laird, however, leaving him with only enough opportunity to handle eight offensive snaps.
Nov 2, 2021 5:34 AM EST
Laird will make the jump from the practice squad to the 53-man roster for Sunday's game against Buffalo, Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald reports.
Analysis: Laird will be the third running back behind Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed since Malcolm Brown (quadriceps) hit IR earlier in the week. The 26-year-old will likely see a handful of snaps against a Bills defense that ranks sixth in DVOA so far this season.
Oct 30, 2021 11:18 AM EST
The Dolphins signed Laird to the practice squad Wednesday, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Analysis: Laird has been a solid reserve option and special-teams contributor for the Dolphins over the last two seasons, in which span he's suited up for 31 games. Though he won't begin the 2021 regular season on the 53-man roster, it wouldn't be surprising to see him bump up should Miami suffer any backfield injuries.
Sep 2, 2021 4:16 AM EST
Laird was waived by the Dolphins on Tuesday.
Analysis: Laird appeared in 31 games for Miami over the past two seasons and totaled 75 carries for 140 yards while catching 33 passes for 272 yards and one total touchdown. Myles Gaskin, Malcolm Brown and Salvon Ahmed will open the 2021 campaign on the 53-man roster for the Dolphins.
Aug 31, 2021 2:25 PM EST
Laird played two offensive snaps during Week 17's 56-26 loss to the Bills.
Analysis: Laird closed out the 2020 campaign with his second game in a row sans either a carry or target. With both Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed available, Laird's opportunities for backfield work effectively dried up. Even if the Dolphins don't make significant additions to the running back room during the offseason, Laird's best-case scenario for 2021 would likely be to begin the year in a reserve role.
Jan 5, 2021 3:00 PM EST
Laird didn't garner any carries or targets during Saturday's 26-25 win against the Raiders.
Analysis: Laird's entire 15-snap workload came via special teams during Miami's Week 16 win. The 25-year-old had taken a combined 50 offensive snaps over the Dolphins' preceding two outings against Kansas City and New England. However, with Myles Gaskin having returned from the reserve/COVID-19 list in time to face the Raiders, Laird was relegated from the offense entirely.
Dec 29, 2020 4:39 PM EST
Laird had two carries for 20 yards during Sunday's 22-12 win over the Patriots. He also secured both of his targets for 12 yards.
Analysis: Laird worked as a depth and change-of-pace option behind Salvon Ahmed and Matt Breida in Week 15, logging runs of eight and 12 yards. If Myles Gaskin (undisclosed) can return from the COVID-19 list for Week 16, however, Laird's role on offense could dissipate entirely.
Dec 21, 2020 12:40 PM EST
Laird had four carries for 19 yards during Sunday's 33-27 loss to the Chiefs. He also caught his only target for four yards.
Analysis: Laird appeared to be in position for increased touches when Myles Gaskin (illness) having tested positive for COVID-19 just prior to Sunday's game, but he took a clear back seat to DeAndre Washington. It looks like Gaskin could be forced to miss more time, but Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) and Matt Breida (illness) could each have a chance to return against the Patriots in Week 15.
Dec 14, 2020 2:04 PM EST
Laird ran for six yards over three rush attempts, adding two catches for 16 yards during Sunday's 19-7 win against Cincinnati.
Analysis: Laird not only avoided relegation to the coach's dog house after fumbling his only carry last Sunday against the Jets, but he also doubled his previous season high in offensive touches as Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) and DeAndre Washington (hamstring) sat out. With Miami moving on from Jordan Howard on Nov. 17, the 25-year-old Laird may see more opportunities down the stretch for the 8-4 Dolphins.
Dec 8, 2020 5:48 PM EST
Laird fumbled his lone nine-yard carry during Sunday's 20-3 win over the Jets.
Analysis: The Dolphins never lost control of Sunday's divisional victory over the Jets, despite recording a total of four fumbles as a team, but Laird's contribution to that statistic certainly won't earn him praise from the coaching staff. He has just four carries on the season.
Nov 30, 2020 12:44 PM EST
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