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Friday, December 3, 2021

Dolphins Raise Former Hurricanes Leader To Active Against The Jets

The Miami Dolphins have lifted former Miami Hurricanes running back Duke Johnson into the active training squad for Sunday’s New York Jets, the Dolphins announced Saturday afternoon.

Johnson received the challenge after spending nearly a month in the Dolphin training squad, originally signed by the team on October 26, when Miami runner Malcolm Brown landed in an injured reserve with a quadriceps injury.

Since studying at the University of Miami, Johnson has played in 91 NFL games, of which 17 started for the Cleveland Browns (2015–18) and Houston Texans (2019–20). He averaged 459 career carries per 1,931 yards, a 4.2 average and eight touchdowns. He adds 307 receptions for 2,829 yards and 12 touchdowns. Johnson also played in two playoff games, one start for Houston in 2019.

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Johnson is the Hurricanes’ leading player of all time, with a name of 3,519 yards and 26 ground touchdowns, adding four hits for touchdowns and two more in the return. He originally entered the NFL as a third-round candidate (77th overall) by Cleveland in the 2015 draft.

The Dolphins already carry Miles Gaskin, Salvon Ahmed and Patrick Laird on the 53-man roster even before Johnson rose to prominence.

A player can be removed from the training squad twice in a season before the team has to sign him up to the active squad in order to call him up again.

Johnson, a Miami native, also attended Miami Norland School prior to his student career.

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