Raheem Mostert

Miami Dolphins
Running Back #31
Miami Dolphins
Running Back #31

Raheem Mostert News

Impressive all-around effort Sunday

Mostert rushed 11 times for 51 yards and secured all three targets for 28 yards in the Dolphins' 42-38 win over the Ravens on Sunday.

Analysis: The veteran running back's numbers will naturally be completely overshadowed by the otherworldly exploits of teammates Tua Tagovailoa, Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, but there's plenty of encouragement to take from Mostert's performance as well. To begin with, he saw a nice boost in touches after logging only six in the opener, and he also appeared to have some of his trademark explosiveness against a tough defense. Additionally, Mostert outpaced backfield mate Chase Edmonds by six rushes, and if he's blessed with more of a favorable game script in a Week 3 matchup against the Bills at home, he could see a bigger workload, albeit in an even tougher matchup on paper.

Sep 18, 2022 3:05 PM EST

Six touches in Dolphins debut

Mostert rushed five times for 16 yards and caught his only target for another 16 yards in Sunday's 20-7 win over the Patriots.

Analysis: Mostert got six touches to Chase Edmonds' 16, as Edmonds asserted himself as Miami's lead back. Miami's two touchdowns came on a defensive play and a long pass, so the Dolphins didn't show which running back would get the all-important carries by the goal line. Mostert should remain in a change-of-pace role behind Edmonds in Week 2 against the Ravens.

Sep 11, 2022 3:28 PM EST

Two carries in preseason finale

Mostert carried the ball twice for 29 yards in Saturday's 48-10 preseason win over the Eagles.

Analysis: Mostert got the starting nod with Chase Edmonds resting, and he tallied a carry on each of Miami's first two possessions. Mostert ripped off a 26-yard gain to lead off the latter drive, accounting for nearly all of his production. Though the split in work between Edmonds and Mostert remains unclear to begin the regular season, the duo appear poised to lead the Miami backfield.

Aug 27, 2022 8:53 PM EST

Not playing Saturday

Mostert isn't playing in Saturday's preseason game against Las Vegas, Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Chase Edmonds got the start and played the first 10 snaps, with Sony Michel then following him into the game. This may just be a matter of caution after Mostert suffered a serious knee injury last year with the 49ers. Most reports suggest the Dolphins will open the season with a backfield committee, though it isn't clear to what extent Mostert specifically will be involved. Edmonds is the sure bet to have a significant role, with his workload likely including a lot of the pass snaps and thus RB targets.

Aug 20, 2022 4:57 PM EST

Unlikely to suit up Saturday

Mostert isn't in line to play in Saturday's preseason game at Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Mostert and Chase Edmonds will be joined on the sidelines by quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. In place of Mostert and Edmonds, the Dolphins backfield will be occupied by Sony Michel, Myles Gaskin, Salvon Ahmed, Gerrid Doaks and ZaQuandre White on Saturday.

Aug 13, 2022 3:23 PM EST

Listed with starters on depth chart

Mostert and Chase Edmonds both are listed with the first-string offense on Miami's initial preseason depth chart, after coach Mike McDaniel said Sunday that "competition is fierce" among the team's running backs, Jeff Kerr of CBS Sports reports.

Analysis: Edmonds got the biggest contract of the trio, but it's no secret that fellow offseason acquisitions Mostert and Sony Michel also are in the mix for key roles. Edmonds is the best pass catcher of the bunch, while Mostert is by far the fastest and Michel perhaps most adept working between the tackles. There's even some chance of a contribution from Myles Gaskin, the team's lead back for much of 2020 and 2021 under a different coaching staff. Mostert should have an advantage when it comes to scheme familiarity and terminology, considering McDaniel was the 49ers' run game coordinator from 2017 to 2020 and their offensive coordinator in 2021. Mostert was in San Francisco from late 2016 through 2021, though he missed nearly as many games as he played, including all but the season opener last year. He was cleared for the start of training camp after a lengthy rehab from a knee injury, and he recently shed his no-contact jersey, per Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald.

Aug 8, 2022 12:07 PM EST

Achieves medical clearance

Mostert (knee) announced via his personal Twitter account Monday that he has received medical clearance.

Analysis: Mostert will take the field when Dolphins' veterans report for training camp Tuesday, which is a positive development as he works to return to 100 percent health by Week 1. The 30-year-old veteran stands to spend training camp competing with Sony Michel for work in what looks to be a developing backfield by committee, one which fellow newcomer Chase Edmonds is the presumed favorite to lead. Holdovers Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed look slated for depth roles, if they crack the final roster.

Jul 25, 2022 7:49 AM EST

Close to full health

Mostert (knee) announced Wednesday via his personal Twitter account that he's "close to 100 percent" healthy.

Analysis: Mostert also said his "rehab is going great." While the veteran running back hasn't been a participant in spring activities, it does appear that he's nearing a return to on-field work. It would be encouraging if Mostert is available for the start of training camp late July, but an exact timetable for his full return hasn't been disclosed. In any case, once Mostert is fully recovered from the surgery he underwent to address chipped cartilage in his left knee, he stands to join Chase Edmonds and Sony Michel atop Miami's revamped running back depth chart.

Jun 15, 2022 6:55 AM EST

Taking it slow

Coach Mike McDaniel expects Mostert (knee) to be ready for Week 1, though the Dolphins plan to be cautious with him this offseason, Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: In other words, Mostert won't participate in spring practices, which was probably to be expected. He played only nine games over the past two seasons, with the most recent issue being a knee injury that required October surgery to address chipped cartilage. The 30-year-old is part of a rebuilt, veteran backfield that also added Chase Edmonds and Sony Michel this offseason, while Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed are the returning players of note. Mostert should compete for carries on early downs once he's healthy.

May 17, 2022 9:27 AM EST

Says rehab is going well

Mostert (knee) said Monday that he's "way ahead of schedule" in the rehab process after October surgery, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: The surgery addressed chipped cartilage in his left knee, and Mostert has now played only nine games over the past two seasons. The Dolphins do expect him to be healthy before Week 1, with Mostert joining the team on a one-year contract shortly after fellow running back Chase Edmonds got a two-year deal. Mostert has the benefit of familiarity with new Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel, formerly the 49ers' offensive coordinator, but Edmonds is still the better bet to lead Miami's backfield in touches. The team also has 2021 holdovers Myles Gaskin, Salvon Ahmed and Patrick Laird on the offseason roster.

Mar 21, 2022 11:17 AM EST

Moving on to South Beach

The Dolphins and Mostert agreed to a contract Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Not only is he reuniting with new coach Mike McDaniel, Mostert will join a backfield led by newcomer Chase Edmonds and Myles Gaskin. First, though, Mostert will need to complete his recovery from October surgery to address chipped cartilage in his left knee. According to a recent report from Adam Schefter of ESPN, Mostert is expected to be healthy by Week 1 of next season, at which point he'll look to avoid the injury bug that limited him to nine appearances between the past two campaigns. When he's been able to suit up in his career, he's averaged 5.7 yards per carry and scored 14 TDs on 320 career touches.

Mar 16, 2022 5:39 PM EST

Recovery going well

Mostert (knee) is on track to make a full recovery by the start of the 2022 season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Mostert's recovery process is exceeding expectations, per Schefter, though the details of his exact timetable remain undisclosed. The soon-to-be 30-year-old will become an unrestricted free agent at the start of the new league year, and given that injuries have limited Mostert to just nine appearances across the last two seasons, it remains to be seen whether teams will view him as a potential starting option on the open market. Mostert underwent surgery to address chipped cartilage in the meniscus of his left knee Oct. 12.

Mar 11, 2022 7:15 AM EST

Comes off COVID-19 list

The 49ers shifted Mostert (knee) from the reserve/COVID-19 list to injured reserve Tuesday.

Analysis: Since getting hurt Week 1, Mostert underwent a procedure Oct. 12 to address chipped cartilage in his left knee, was cleared to walk without crutches Dec. 12 and spent Jan. 3-18 on the COVID-19 list. There's no potential for the seven-year pro to return from IR this season, but he appears as if he'll be healthy at some point between the end of the 49ers' season (whenever that may be) and the offseason program. In the meantime, rookie sixth-rounder Elijah Mitchell will continue to lead the backfield.

Jan 18, 2022 1:49 PM EST

Placed on COVID list

Mostert (knee) has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Analysis: Mostert was already on season-ending IR due to a knee injury and the running back is slated to revert back to IR once he clears the league's COVID protocols.

Jan 3, 2022 3:14 PM EST

Ditches crutches

Mostert (knee) announced Friday that he's been cleared to walk without the aid of crutches, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: It's an early milestone in the recovery process for Mostert, who underwent Oct. 12 to address chipped cartilage in the meniscus of his left knee. Mostert is without a clear timeline to complete his rehab from the unique knee procedure, but he's already ruled himself out from playing again this season and is turning his focus to getting healthy for OTAs. Scheduled to become a free agent this spring, Mostert will likely need full medical clearance from doctors before any team offers him a contract.

Dec 3, 2021 12:18 PM EST

Checks in for surgery

San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan said Mostert will undergo surgery Tuesday to address chipped cartilage in his left knee, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Mostert announced Sept. 14 that he would require a season-ending knee procedure, but he had to wait around a month for doctors to find the correct donor components needed for the operation. Assuming the surgery goes as planned, Mostert is expected to be back to full health ahead of the 2022 season. The 29-year-old running back is set to become a free agent this spring.

Oct 12, 2021 1:42 PM EST

Move to IR official

The 49ers placed Mostert (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday.

Analysis: San Francisco officially removed Mostert from its 53-man roster a few hours after the running back announced he would undergo season-ending surgery to address the cartilage damage to his knee he sustained Sunday in the 49ers' season-opening win over the Lions. Mostert expects to be back to 100 percent health for the start of the 2022 campaign, but he could be suiting up for a different team, as he'll become a free agent during the upcoming spring. Meanwhile, the 49ers are expected to give Elijah Mitchell the first crack at the No. 1 role out of the backfield, with Trey Sermon and JaMycal Hasty on hand in complementary roles. Additionally, San Francisco signed veteran Kerryon Johnson to its practice squad Tuesday, and he could eventually factor into the backfield equation at some point.

Sep 14, 2021 2:29 PM EST

Getting surgery, season over

Mostert announced Tuesday via his personal Twitter account that he will undergo season-ending knee surgery.

Analysis: Though 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan estimated Monday that Mostert would require an arthroscopic procedure and miss about eight weeks after sustaining chipped cartilage in his knee in the team's season-opening win over the Lions, the running back is instead electing to undergo what's believed to be a full meniscus repair, per Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. While the surgery will necessitate a longer recovery timeline, Mostert should have a brighter long-term health outlook rather than if he had returned in the second half of the season and continued to play through the knee issue. Expect the 49ers to officially place Mostert on season-ending injured reserve later this week, paving the way for the Elijah Mitchell, JaMycal Hasty and Trey Sermon to lead the ground game moving forward.

Sep 14, 2021 12:01 PM EST

Will not return to Sunday's game

Mostert (knee) has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the Lions, Keiana Martin of the 49ers' official site reports.

Analysis: The knee injury Mostert suffered in the first half of Sunday's game will prevent him from seeing any more action in Week 1, so Elijah Mitchell and JaMycal Hasty will split the carries for the remainder of the day. The extent of Mostert's injury is not yet known, but head coach Kyle Shanahan figures to provide some sort of update after the game concludes.

Sep 12, 2021 11:57 AM EST

Questionable to return

Mostert (knee) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Lions, according to Matt Barrows of The Athletic.

Analysis: This isn't a promising sign for the 49ers, as they're already quite thin in terms of depth at running back. Elijah Mitchell and JaMycal Hasty are expected to gain a bigger role if Mostert is unable to return to action in the contest, given that Trey Sermon is inactive Sunday.

Sep 12, 2021 10:47 AM EST

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