After the Dolphins cut Daniel Thomas — and no one rushed to pick him up — the fourth-year running back wasn't completely sure he'd get another shot.
"I mean, you never know in this league," Thomas acknowledged Wednesday.
Thomas added: "I was definitely hurt when it happened. But I figured I would get picked back up. And then it didn't happen and I kind of got down. So I started working out. Then, I didn't get called again. ... So I kind of stopped working out. Then I got the call this past weekend."
That call was from the Dolphins, who needed him back after Knowshon Moreno sustained a dislocated elbow Sunday. Moreno didn't practice on Thursday, and is expected to miss a month.
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That prompted the Dolphins to re-sign Thomas and give him one last chance to prove he deserves a roster spot. Thomas, a former second-round pick, has not rushed for more than 3.7 yards per carry in his first three years.
During his two weeks away from the Dolphins, he had a visit with the Patriots and drew at least some interest from several other teams, including the Cardinals.
Although he expects to be active Sunday against the Chiefs, Thomas is no higher than No.3 of the four backs on the Dolphins’ depth chart. Lamar Miller and Damien Williams are expected to get the bulk of carries Sunday.
“I haven’t been here in two weeks, and these guys have been practicing every day,” Thomas said. “It’s only right. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Mike Pouncey practiced for the second consecutive day — albeit on a limited basis — after missing more than two months with a significant hip injury.
When asked if the Dolphins might have to protect Pouncey, who said Tuesday he wants to play, from himself, Joe Philbin responded:
"Nobody steps onto the field until they are medically cleared, either on [the practice] field or the game field. We’ll take it one day at a time."
Elsewhere on Wednesday's injury report:
▪ DE Terrence Fede (knee), LB Koa Misi (ankle) and G Shelley Smith (knee) did not practice at all.
▪ Seven other players were limited in their participation: OT Branden Albert (shoulder), TE Charles Clay (knee), S Louis Delmas (calf), LB Jelani Jenkins (shoulder), LB Jordan Tripp (chest), G Billy Turner (foot) and LB Philip Wheeler (thumb).
THIS AND THAT
▪ The Dolphins never expected Dion Jordan and Reshad Jones to be reinstated when the NFL's new drug policy was approved, so they weren't surprised when they weren't.
"The only information I had is they were going to serve a four-game suspension," Philbin said. "That’s the only information I still have and that’s what I’ve been planning. I haven’t really thought of anything more than that."
▪ As expected, Ja'Wuan James spent the majority of Sunday's game blocking Mario Williams without tight end help, and did relatively well. Williams did have one sack, but it wasn't really James' fault. Ryan Tannehill was basically flushed into Williams' arms.
"I thought he played well," Philbin said of James. "I think in both games he’s played pretty well."
▪ Philbin said linebacker Kelvin Sheppard "has to be ready [to play from scrimmage this week]. There are just no other options."