Patrick Laird

Miami Dolphins
Running Back #0
Miami Dolphins
Running Back #0

Patrick Laird News

Designated to return from IR

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

Placed on injured reserve

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

Expected to miss multiple weeks

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

Ruled out with knee injury

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

Two touches vs. Jets

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

Logs first catch of 2021

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

Added to roster

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

Signed to practice squad

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

Cut by Dolphins

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

Invisible in finale

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

Sticks to special teams

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

Two catches against Pats

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

Just five touches again

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

Gets five touches against Bengals

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

Fumbles only carry

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

One touch Week 11

Laird caught his only target for eight yards during Sunday's loss to the Broncos.

Analysis: The 25-year-old played 17 offensive snaps during the contest but wasn't much of a factor in the gameplan. Matt Breida returned from injury and played only seven snaps while Salvon Ahmed dominated the backfield work.

Nov 24, 2020 6:17 PM EST

Flashes speed in few opportunities

Laird had two carries for 19 yards during Sunday's 29-21 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: Laird served as Miami's No. 2 running back Sunday, but he didn't see much action outside of spelling Salvon Ahmed (21 carries for 85 yards and a score). With Jordan Howard no longer on the team, Laird could see a slightly expanded depth role. On the other hand, both Matt Breida (hamstring) and Myles Gaskin (knee) could return to the backfield over the next few weeks, at which point Laird may become completely uninvolved on offense.

Nov 16, 2020 5:35 PM EST

Barely involved in narrow win

Laird had one carry for a loss of one yard and caught his only target for 17 yards during Sunday's 34-31 win over the Cardinals.

Analysis: Laird was relegated to a reserve role behind Jordan Howard (10 carries) and Salvon Ahmed (seven carries), even on a day when both Myles Gaskin (knee) and Matt Breida (hamstring) were unavailable. He'll remain off the fantasy radar heading into a Week 10 matchup against the Chargers.

Nov 8, 2020 9:46 PM EST

Puts forth full practice

Laird (ankle) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.

Analysis: With the Dolphins placing No. 1 back Myles Gaskin (ankle) on injured reserve earlier Thursday, top backup Matt Breida (hamstring) trending toward sitting out Sunday's game in Arizona and trade-deadline pickup DeAndre Washington (COVID-19 protocol) not available to make his debut until Week 9, Laird's ability to shake off the minor ankle injury takes on added importance. Assuming he avoids any further setbacks with his ankle heading into the weekend, Laird should be in line to serve as the Dolphins' top pass-catching back against the Cardinals, while Jordan Howard presumably operates as the team's top option on the ground. Laird has been mostly limited to special-teams work in 2020, but he had a degree of fantasy utility in PPR formats while seeing steady action on offense during the final quarter of the 2019 season. Over those final four contests, Laird averaged 56.7 scrimmage yards and four targets per game.

Nov 5, 2020 11:22 AM EST

Limited participant Wednesday

Laird (ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Laird left last week's win over the Rams with this injury, and the ankle is still bothering him, though it's encouraging that he was at least able to practice. That participation puts him ahead of the curve compared to Matt Breida (hamstring), who didn't practice. If Breida's unable to play Sunday against the Cardinals, that could set the stage for Laird to start with Myles Gaskin (knee) sidelined.

Nov 4, 2020 1:18 PM EST

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