By Eric Schmidt

The Dallas Cowboys were rumored to have RB Tashard Choice on the trading block during the NFL trade deadline, and perhaps those rumors were true as the club released Tashard Choice yesterday. As injuries continue to hit NFL clubs hard here at the mid way point of the season, with Choice on the NFL waiver wire, there are five teams which could put a claim in on him.

Choice has never rushed for more than 472 yards in his four seasons and was struggling this season rushing the ball with a 2.7 yard per carry average.

Washington Redskins– The Redskins have lost RB Tim Hightower for the season with a torn ACL. Head coach Mike Shanahan always tinkers with the Redskin’s backfield and it seems apparent that he is not sold on Ryan Torain or rookie Roy Helu.

Miami Dolphins– The Dolphins could use another running back. Reggie Bush has been a disappointment as has rookie RB Daniel Thomas. However, with news breaking this week that Stephen Ross has reached out to Bill Cowher’s agent, I don’t look for any moves to be made by the Tony Sparano led Dolphins.

Detroit Lions– The Lions have been mum on when second-year RB Jahvid Best might return to the lineup. The fact that the Lions tried to acquire RB Ronnie Brown at the trade deadline speaks volumes about the Lions backfield situation. I wouldn’t be surprised if Choice winds up on the Lions roster this week.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers– The Buccaneers running back situation is dire. Second-year back LeGarrette Blount remains sidelined with a knee injury. Veteran RB Earnest Graham has been placed on the injured reserve list with a torn Achilles tendon. The Buccaneers have Kregg Lumpkin and Mossis Madu on the active roster right now.

Denver Broncos– Veteran rusher Willis McGahee is out after suffering a hand injury which required surgery, reports vary on when he will be able to return. Knowshon Moreno has been less than effective as a running back. Outside of Moreno, the Broncos have Lance Ball and rookie Mario Fannin in the backfield.





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