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League announces Dolphins playoff scenario; Fins add veteran cornerback; UM loses a recruit

The NFL announced Tuesday how the Dolphins can make the playoffs. Six things must happen:

Miami must beat the Bills and Patriots. Pittsburgh must beat the Bengals but lose to Cleveland. The Bengals also must lose to Baltimore. And the Jets - even though they're eliminated from playoff contention - must lose to either San Diego or Buffalo.

The odds of all that happening? Only slightly better than a snowstorm on South Beach tonight.

### The Dolphins were awarded cornerback Dimitry Patterson off waivers from Cleveland, where he started four games this season. He allowed three TD passes and 66 percent of passes to be completed against him in seven games.

Patterson had four interceptions in 2010 but just one in his seven other seasons combined. Miami is in a precarious spot at cornerback because of Nolan Carroll's knee injury.

As expected, tight end Charles Clay was placed on injured reserve.

### Tampa Jesuit High tight end Travis Johnson - rated by ESPN as UM's third-best among 11 oral commitments - decommitted from the Hurricanes on Tuesday, announcing his decision on Twitter.

ESPN rated Johnson as the nation's 102nd best player in the Class of 2013. Rivals.com rated him as the 11th best tight end.

Two other UM oral commitments are rated higher - quarterback Kevin Olsen (67) and cornerback Artie Burns (69). UM is in the mix for several other top 100 players.

"Decommitting from the University of Miami," Johnson tweeted. "Opening my recruiting up."

Johnson is reportedly considering USF and Missouri, among others.

Even with Johnson's decision, UM still has oral commitments from two tight ends: New Orleans-based Standish Dobard, rated 138th overall by ESPN, and St. Petersburg-based Jeremy Kerr.

And UM - with Arizona State and Nebraska - are finalists for Woodland Hills (CA) Pierce CC tight end Beau Sandland, who will announce a decision on Wednesday.

UM now has 10 oral commitments.

 

 

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