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Miami Dolphins Promote WR Julius Pruitt from Practice Squad

MIAMI, FL - CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Julius Pruitt of the Miami Dolphins poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
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Chris J. NelsonSenior Writer INovember 6, 2011

Down to just four wide receivers on the active roster after losing Marlon Moore to injured reserve earlier this week, the Miami Dolphins promoted Julius Pruitt from the practice squad Saturday.

Originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Division II Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) in 2009, Pruitt has spent the majority of the past two seasons on the team's practice squad. He was signed to the active roster late in 2010 but was inactive for the season finale.

Pruitt (6'2", 206) will likely be making his NFL regular season debut Sunday in Kansas City, taking Moore's spot on the Dolphins special teams units against the Chiefs. He could also see time at rookie Clyde Gates' spot on offense if the Dolphins want him to get a taste of action.

It remains unlikely, however, that Pruitt will play much on offense barring multiple injuries, although Brian Hartline reportedly suffered an ankle injury this week during practice and Brandon Marshall got into an altercation with cornerback Vontae Davis, contributing to Davis' deactivation against the Chiefs.

Regarded as a raw prospect with impressive size and speed, Pruitt has had two-plus seasons to refine his technique and work in the Dolphins offense. However, he remains a long shot to contribute on offense at the NFL level and will be on a week-to-week basis on the active roster.

Nevertheless, it's a nice story for a guy that's spent two years working in practices, but watching the games on TV, and he'll get a nice little bonus as his weekly practice squad salary of $5,700 will be replaced by a game check upward of $20,000.

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 currently works for Turner Sports in Atlanta. He operates his own Miami Dolphins Web site, The Miami Dolphins Spotlight, and he can be followed on Twitter here.

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