Miami Dolphins Live Cutdown Blog
Just like last year, I will once again be running a live blog documenting all of the Miami Dolphins' imminent cuts. Remember, the Dolphins must cut their roster down from 80 to 53 for the regular season by Saturday, Sept. 3 at 6 p.m. ET. That's 27 players on the move!
Also, be sure to check out my final projected 53-man roster to see how my predictions compare!
The Dolphins have officially announced all roster moves made today. Excluding the above moves already discussed, this is what we have: Offensive tackle Lydon Murtha was placed on injured reserve. Veteran nose tackle Ronald Fields, fullback Lousaka Polite (called it!), and offensive tackle Ray Willis had their contracts terminated. Waived are cornerback Vincent Agnew, tight end Brett Brackett, wide receiver Patrick Carter, quarterback Pat Devlin, linebacker Jonathan Freeny, running back Nic Grigsby, offensive tackle D. J. Jones, offensive tackle Matt Kopa, linebacker David Nixon, wide receiver Julius Pruitt, defensive end Rob Rose, tight end Mickey Shuler, and linebacker Quinton Spears.
Dolphins roster is now at 53, although more transactions could come tomorrow or Monday as players are claimed off waivers. I'll have in-depth analysis on all these moves tonight!
Volin now reports the Dolphins have waived undrafted rookie guard Garrett Chisolm.
Chisolm spent most of the preseason on the non-football injury list recovering from a torn ACL before being activated this week. He has potential and is a prime practice squad candidate.
Roster is at 70.
Volin reports undrafted rookie receiver/returner Phillip Livas has been cut. Could be a possibility for practice squad.
Livas had a 75-yard punt return touchdown in the preseason opener, but was unimpressive beyond that. Marlon Moore is really the only guy in contention for a potential sixth receiver spot.
Roster is at 71.
Omar Kelly says the Dolphins have let go cornerback Nate Ness, and added the team told him they don't expect he'll clear waivers. That implies that if he does, he'd be back on practice squad. Ness was claimed off waivers by Seattle at this time last year, but later returned to the Dolphins.
Allen and Ness being cut is good news for Nolan Carroll and rookie Jimmy Wilson.
Roster is at 72.
Salguero has a source relaying that the Dolphins have terminated the contract of running back Larry Johnson. This bodes well for Lex Hilliard's chances of sticking, athough the Dolphins may look on the waiver wire for another back. There is also a chance Johnson could be re-signed after Week 1, when his contract for the year would not be guaranteed.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Dolphins have released veteran cornerback Will Allen. Allen had missed the past two seasons dealing with knee injuries and also missed time in training camp while battling with Benny Sapp for the team's nickel job. Could be re-signed for cheaper after Week 1.
Roster is at 73.
Ben Volin also has the Dolphins waiving strong safety Mark Restelli.
No surprises there, as the former CFL linebacker had no chance of cracking the squad. He had five tackles and two pass deflections in the regular season.
Roster is at 75.
Ben Volin confirms the Dolphins have waived quarterback Kevin O'Connell.
A former third-round pick of the Patriots in 2007, O'Connell was signed on Aug. 5 to compete for the third-string job. He went 4-of-6 for 23 yards in the preseason. As of now, undrafted rookie Pat Devlin remains the third quarterback.
Roster is at 76.
Jeff Darlington of The Miami Herald has the Dolphins waiving safety Gerald Alexander and wide receiver John Matthews.
Alexander joined the Dolphins on Sunday and appeared in yesterday's preseason finale, recording four tackles. He has experience at both safety positions and has started 30 games in stints with the Lions, Jaguars, and Panthers.
Matthews was signed roughly two weeks ago after being waived by the Jaguars. He did not catch a pass in three preseason games.
An obvious cut here, I would consider Matthews a practice squad candidate. Alexander is ineligible for the practice squad, but could be considered for re-signing at a later date.
Roster is at 77.
Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins have waived former University of Miami tight end Dedrick Epps.
A seventh-round pick by the Chargers in 2010, Epps spent four weeks on the Dolphins' active roster to conclude last season and appeared in three games. He caught two passes for 35 yards during the 2011 preseason.
Epps was a long shot to make the roster, falling behind Jeron Matrud and Mickey Shuler in competition.
The Dolphins' roster now stands at 79.
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