So here's the list of moves so far today:
The Dolphins have cut ILB William Kershaw, DE Rodrique Wright, CB Joey Thomas, WR Brandon London, S Courtney Bryan, OL Brandon Frye.
OLB Matt Roth has been placed on Reserve Non-Football Injury list. NFI means Roth does not count toward the 53-man roster now. He must sit out until after Week 6, then he gets a three-week window during which he can be activated. If he isn't ready within the span of that window, Roth will have to miss the remainder of the season. Roth cannot practice with the team between now and Week 6 of the season.
The Dolphins have not released a complete list of cuts yet. They must get down to the 53 man roster by 6 p.m. this evening. The team needed to make 13 moves today. The above is six moves shy of the necessary total.
That means guys at practice today will be cut, which is business and cold and necessary.
RB Lex Hilliard, on the bubble because Miami's running back stable is quite full, is at practice today.
WR James Robinson, a late signee during camp, is at practice.
Rookie linebacker J.D. Folsom is also at practice.
Joey Haynos and John Nalbone, the third and fourth tight ends, are at practice today. David J. Neal is reporting the Dolphins are keeping Haynos. It is entirely possible the team keeps both tight ends, at least initially. The Dolphins would have four TEs on the roster.
Will Bilingsley is at practice today but I'm told that is because Vontae Davis (knee) is not practicing and his status for Atlanta will be graded as questionable. When/If Davis is good to go, Billingsley will be gone.
Nate Garner, playing behind Vernon Carey at right tackle, makes the team (for now) even as the OL is made up of five-starters, two reserve tackles and two reserve interior players -- Shawn Murphy and Joe Berger. That's nine offensive linemen. Mark Lewis is still on the team at this hour. He and Garner were at practice. Doubt both will be on the team by 6 p.m.
Today's dispatching of Wright means the Dolphins now have one player on the roster from the 2006 draft, which can now be described as a huge waste of time. Jason Allen, primarily a special teams player after being selected in the first round of 2006, is the only player from that draft remaining on the team.
Gone from that draft are Derek Hagan, Joe Toledo, Fred Evans, Wright and Devin Aromashodu. Cleo Lemon, who came to the Dolphins in exchange for a A.J. Feeley and a 2006 sixth-round pick is also gone. And Manny Wright, who was selected in the 2006 supplemental draft, is also long ago gone.
So four years later when the players from that draft should be hitting their prime and composing the nucleus of a team, the Dolphins have one special team contributor out of the whole thing. Sad.
By the way, Joey Porter and Erik Walden are not at practice today. They have excused absences, according to the team.