With John Jerry still out of practice with the illness that forced him to miss last week's game against the Jets, the Miami Dolphins have promoted second-year guard Ray Feinga from the practice squad to the active roster.
No corresponding roster move was needed to make room for Feinga, as he replaces defensive end Tony McDaniel, who is suspended for one game for violation of the league's Personal Conduct Policy.
Feinga's promotion gives the Dolphins 10 offensive linemen on the active roster, including five guards. It will be Feinga's first professional stint on an active roster.
Reports from Thursday indicate that Jerry is still not practicing due to illness, and head coach Tony Sparano classified him as "day-to-day."
The Dolphins play the New England Patriots this coming week on Monday Night Football.
A two-time all-conference selection at BYU, the 6-foot-4, 337-pound Feinga signed with the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent following the 2009 NFL Draft, but was waived before training camp on July 1.
After being picked up by the San Diego Chargers in early August, Feinga appeared in two preseason games as a reserve before being waived during final cuts.
Feinga was signed to the Dolphins' practice squad in late December and remained there through the end of the regular season. He was re-signed to a future contract in January.
After being injured in a minor car crash on the first day of training camp, Feinga was waived by the Dolphins. He was brought back shortly thereafter and appeared in the team's first two preseason games before breaking his finger.
Feinga was waived during final cuts on Sept. 4 and re-signed to the practice squad after clearing waivers, where he has remained for he first three weeks of the regular season.
Feinga seems like your typical borderline NFL prospect and practice body that probably isn't going to amount to anything, but there is obviously something the Dolphins really like about this guy.
For Feinga to survive two injuries and two releases since the start of training camp in late July and make his way back to the Dolphins' active roster four weeks into the regular season is quite impressive.
Feinga certainly possesses the prototypical size and strength the Dolphins' staff prefers on the offensive line and has an impressive college résumé.
The Dolphins likely didn't promote Feinga to the active roster just to have him on the inactive 45-man game day roster, so one would expect Feinga is going to dress and quite possibly play against the Patriots on Monday.
It will be interesting to see if Feinga gets a shot at filling in for John Jerry, since Pat McQuistan wasn't all that impressive in that role against the Jets. Cory Procter also played some right guard in the game, but neither he nor McQuistan offers much upside.
As always, check out the updated projected depth chart reflecting these transactions here.
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Chris J. Nelson majored in journalism at Georgia State University and is currently a programming coordinator for Turner Sports in Atlanta. He operates his own Miami Dolphins website, The Miami Dolphins Spotlight, and he can be followed on Twitter here.
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