Knowshon Moreno was back Sunday, and by all indications healthy and available throughout.
So why did he get just six carries on the day — including only one after halftime?
“Those were just the players we decided to play in the game,” coach Joe Philbin explained.
Moreno suited up for the first time since dislocating his elbow in Week 2. The Dolphins thought him fit and capable enough to play throughout, as evidenced by their decision to make Daniel Thomas a healthy scratch.
And yet, they barely used Moreno in the second half, sticking instead with Lamar Miller, who had 53 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. Miami even used third-stringer Damien Williams in certain packages late, and his block set up a big gain by Jarvis Landry.
Mike Pouncey also made his long-awaited return. As expected, he started at right guard. Samson Satele started at center.
Big day for Landry
Wasted by the Dolphins’ late defensive meltdown Sunday: A career day by Landry.
The rookie receiver, starting in place of the injured Brandon Gibson, was the Dolphins’ best offensive weapon.
He led the team with six catches for 75 yards, out-jumped the coverage for an 11-yard touchdown reception and averaged 45.5 yards per kickoff return.
“It wasn’t enough,” Landry said. “It means nothing with a loss, as far as my performance goes.”
Jones plays well
Reshad Jones waited a month-and-a-half to finally take the field. He responded with a game-high nine tackles and a pass breakup.
Jones missed the first four games of the season, serving a suspension for failing a test for performance enhancing drugs. He started at safety Sunday and played throughout.
When asked about the five players the Dolphins got back from either injury or suspension Sunday — Pouncey, Moreno, Jones, Koa Misi and Randy Starks — Philbin said: “I thought they gave our team a lift. It was good to have them back.”
This and that
▪ Full list of Dolphins inactives: Gibson; Thomas; DT Deandre Coleman; RG Shelley Smith; OT Jason Fox; OG Billy Turner and TE Gator Hoskins.
▪ Jonathan Freeny blocked Tim Masthay’s punt in the first quarter, giving the Dolphins two blocked punts in the first five games of the season.
The Packers’ win was just their fourth in 14 all-time meetings with the Dolphins. Miami still has won 62.3 percent of its inter-conference games since the 1970 merger — best in the NFL.
▪ Brian Hartline went without a catch for the first time in nearly two years. He had a 30-game streak with at least one reception snapped Sunday.
▪ Daryn Colledge has now appeared in 130 consecutive games — the most among all NFL guards.
▪ Sunday’s paid attendance: 70,875.