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Jonas Gray's Dolphins release should pave way for Patriots return

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It hasn't been an easy year for NFL running backs, with a plethora of talent forced to the sideline through injury so far in 2015. 

The latest member of the group to see his season hopes crushed was New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis - the breakout star tearing his ACL in week nine action.

The news is obviously a blow for the player, but the Patriots, too, will be cursing their luck considering Lewis' prominent role in their offense. But have the Miami Dolphins just handed their divisional rivals a solution?

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The Dolphins announced today that they had released Jonas Gray in roster moves.

Considering Gray's recent history with the Patriots, his sudden availability may be of interest to a Pats team likely on the hunt for a change of pace back to compliment LeGarrette Blount.

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History

Gray, of course, was with the Patriots right up until the recent offseason and had brief moments of success in New England's offense in 2014.

Anyone who has run behind your team's offensive line for 200 yards and four touchdowns in one game is always going to at least warrant a discussion after an injury setback at the position.

Having been reprimanded for tardiness in the aftermath of that game, and, obviously, having been released, it might be safe to assume that Bill Belichick and co. didn't see Gray as having a long-term future in Foxboro.

Still, with an unbeaten season on the line, and a quick fix required, they could do worse than take advantage of Miami's decision today.

Other options out there for the Patriots include Joseph Randle (pending his personal situation) and Pierre Thomas - the former Saints star having been released by the 49ers today after less than a week in the job.

Patriots fans: Would you take Gray back, or is there a better option to replace Lewis? Have your say in the comments below...

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