Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder went for a second opinion of an unspecified injury that has kept him out of the past two preseason games and out of practice since the week leading to the August 21 game at Jacksonville.
The coach declined to specify what injury Crowder is nursing but said he is "not too concerned at this second," about Crowder missing the regular-season opener at Buffalo.
Charlie Anderson has been working at inside linebacker the last couple of days in Crowder's absence.
In the meantime, the Dolphins also announced that tight end Joey Haynos (foot) has been waived injured. Haynos suffered the injury in Friday's preseason loss to Atlanta.
The move obviously insures the status of David Martin, who seemed likely to make the team anyway. Now Martin seems a lock. The intrigue is what the Dolphins will do beyond Anthony Fasano and Martin.
The club likes John Nalbone despite his inconsistent hands. It is possible this opens the door for Nalbone to earn a roster spot. The club also has the option of searching the waiver wire once final cuts are made to find a suitable replacement for Haynos, ostensibly someone that would be an upgrade from Nalbone.
The Dolphins may not wish to place Nalbone on waivers with the intent of putting him on ppractice squad for fear of losing him. Last year, they showed that reluctance and kept the rookie tight end. Weeks later, however, the club put Nalbone on waivers and no other team showed interest. Nalbone spent much of the year on the practice squad.
On other fronts:
Misi on the move
Rookie outside linebacker Koa Misi has been working on the strongside all of training camp, but he's gotten a strong dose of weakside work in recent days.
"We're trying to take a look at him rushing from the other side," coach Tony Sparano said.
Misi has over 500 snaps as the strongside linebacker, according to Sparano. Ikaika Alama-Francis is taking first team snaps at strongside of late.
Can I say something? It is the fourth game of the preseason in three days. If Misi was playing great the Dolphins would not be looking at moving him at this late stage, especially considering he is not going to beat out Cameron Wake on the weak side.
He need to bow up and play better ...
... Or lose his opportunity to start for now.
Special teams still need to improve
Sparano, a master of the unexpected statistic, said the Dolphins have covered 13 kickoffs this preseason and the average starting field position on thos for opponents is the 33 yard line. Of Miami's kick returns, the Dolphins have managed a starting field position of the 25 yard line.
Um, not good on either end.