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Dolphins lose running back Cobbs for season

Third-string Dolphins running back Patrick Cobbs is one of coach Tony Sparano’s guys.

Cobbs is a player who is greater than the sum of his parts, someone who became impossible to cut despite his status as an undrafted player that was originally brought in by Nick Saban.

That’s why the news Tuesday that Cobbs will miss the season with a torn ACL seemed to hit Sparano hard.

“You guys know what I think of Pat Cobbs,” Sparano said. “This guy is a
tremendous, tremendous warrior. I think the world of this guy as a
player . . . But that’s how this game goes. The next guy gets a turn.”

The next guy in this case is 2008 sixth-round pick Lex Hilliard, a hard-charging runner that looked good in the preseason.

If Miami’s offensive line plays like it did Monday night for the rest of the season, the Dolphins could probably hand the ball off to Sparano and find success.

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14 Responses to “Dolphins lose running back Cobbs for season”
  1. Juicer says: Oct 13, 2009 3:23 PM

    Sparano is actually pretty fast for a fat dude.

  2. RexRyan'sStressedLapband says: Oct 13, 2009 3:25 PM

    Well, Lex, it’s time to prove that you can do what you did in the preseason when it counts. You won’t be going up against 3rd string scrubbs now, so get your head in the game and earn your spot! Like I said in the preseason, the Fins are deep, and it’s proving its worth right now.

  3. oldy75 says: Oct 13, 2009 3:32 PM

    Shouldn’t a former line coach such as Sparano get some credit then for the line play?

  4. BradyGazelle says: Oct 13, 2009 3:37 PM

    Too bad for Cobbs. He is one of the best players North Texas State has produced in a while.

  5. schism says: Oct 13, 2009 3:37 PM

    i’m not a dophins fan, but they looked like a force last night.

  6. Super Kyle says: Oct 13, 2009 3:41 PM

    Yea, and he hits the holes hard

  7. BluntMastermind says: Oct 13, 2009 3:57 PM

    I won’t miss him too much. He may be a warrior, but he sucks at kickoff returns and lacks the speed you would like to see from a back in the NFL. I don’t think Hilliard will be what the doctor ordered either though, since he is a power back, and we have two of those. We need a quick pass catching back in the mold of Mewelde Moore or Felix Jones.

  8. KILLER FIN says: Oct 13, 2009 4:05 PM


  9. Mr.D says: Oct 13, 2009 4:05 PM

    “Yea, and he hits the holes hard”
    me too

  10. texasPHINSfan says: Oct 13, 2009 4:10 PM

    losing Cobbs is a huge loss. he’s the guy most NFL fans have never heard of that does all the work. He’s a great blocker, decoy, receiver, running back, and he’s a special teams maven.
    huge loss.
    hopefully hilliard can step up and shine right now. hilliard can’t replace cobbs, but maybe he can continue the path. thank god we have RB depth

  11. pramis123 says: Oct 13, 2009 4:38 PM

    Look for the Phins to sign WR Jones who had a tryout today with the Bucs. They need a big WR and Jones is young enough and talented enough to make the Tuna take a chance. With the roster spot now available, expect it to happen within the next day or so.

  12. FinFan says: Oct 13, 2009 7:13 PM

    Losing Cobbs hurts! One third of the wildcat offense, but Lex is however a good runner. He busted some nuts in preseason

  13. BluntMastermind says: Oct 13, 2009 8:05 PM

    We should get Matt Jones for wildcat/receiver purposes.

  14. Flying elvis says: Oct 13, 2009 11:15 PM

    “…despite his status as an undrafted player that was originally brought in by Nick Saban. ”
    I raise the BS flag. The Patriots signed him as an undrafted rookie and then traded him to the Steelers.

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