Fins lose RB Breida to hammy injury vs. Cardinals

4:19 PM ET

DAVIE, Fla. — Miami Dolphins running back Matt Breida has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals with a hamstring injury, another blow to the team’s banged-up backfield.

With Myles Gaskin placed on injured reserve earlier this week with a knee injury, the Dolphins will have to lean on Jordan Howard — a disappointing free-agent signing — to step up in a prominent role. Howard has been a healthy scratch over the past three games as he fell behind Gaskin and Breida in the rotation, and Sunday he could be propped into a starting role.

Second-year back Patrick Laird and rookie undrafted free agent Salvon Ahmed carve out the rest of the Dolphins’ backfield expected to play Sunday. Laird figures to see a good bit of time as a receiving back Sunday while Ahmed is a bit of an unknown as he hasn’t been active in a game thus far. Receiver Malcolm Perry also has experience running Wildcat quarterback, and he could be an option there or at running back.

Howard, when active, has seen time on early downs and short-yardage situations. That seems likely to be his role on Sunday with Laird

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