MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Dolphins will be without several players for the final two games of the regular season.

The team announced Wednesday that backup running back Daniel Thomas was headed to injured reserve due to a knee injury he suffered in last weekend’s blowout victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The team had previously placed tight end Charles Clay on injured reserve with a knee injury as well.

With Thomas out of commission, rookie running back Lamar Miller out of the University of Miami could be in line for more carries. Miller has carried the ball 36 times for 164 yards and a touchdown in the 2012 regular season.

Clay’s absence may clear the way for rookie tight end Michael Egnew to make the active roster, according to the Palm Beach Post. Egnew has been inactive for all 14 games thus far this season. Egnew is trying to convert from a spread “tight end” to a true NFL tight end and it’s been a brutal process.

When the HBO show “Hard Knocks” was highlighting the Dolphins in the preseason, Egnew’s coaches said at one point they would have already cut him had it been up to them.

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