Torn ACL sidelines Dolphins backup RB Cobbs for the season

DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins lost an important contributor to their Wildcat package.

Backup running back Patrick Cobbs will miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said Tuesday. Cobbs was hurt on a carry during the fourth quarter of Monday night's 31-27 victory over the New York Jets.

"A tremendous, tremendous warrior," Sparano said. "But that's how this game goes."

Cobbs was a mainstay in the Wildcat, which uses three running backs. He had a 53-yard touchdown catch and a 44-yard run from the formation last season.

Cobbs led the Dolphins this season with 16 kickoff returns for a 22.6-yard average. His injury will mean more playing time for rookie Lex Hilliard.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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