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Dolphins waive Shawn Murphy; sign Murtha

The Dolphins have announced today they waived guard Shawn Murphy, a 2008 fourth-round pick.

The team is not giving a reason for making the move and that's understandable because it didn't really give Murphy a reason either, according to sources.

Last week, at least one assistant told Murphy he was practicing well. This week Murphy is tapped on the shoulder and told he needs to turn in his playbook.

The sudden turn of events is stranger than that. Murphy was told in the preseason the right guard position was his to lose. He lost it to Donald Thomas but was still working as the backup at both guard spots.

I'm told Murphy was both angered and relieved to be cut. He didn't get along at all with former offensive line coach Mike Maser (of course, Maser didn't get along with anybody because he spent much of his time cursing at all his players). This year Murphy was feeling better about status, but felt betrayed by the out-of-left-field nature of today's move.

Murphy's departure was ostensibly caused by the signing of Detroit Lions' practice squad player Lydon Murtha. Murtha, a 6-7, 315-pounder, was a seventh-round pick out of Nebraska.

Murphy, who had the starting right guard job when training camp opened, becomes the highest draft pick to fail to make it with the Dolphins in the two years since the new regime of Tony Sparano, Bill Parcells and Jeff Ireland took over.

Murphy will go through the waiver process. He will know by 4 p.m. Wednesday if he's been picked up by another team.

If no team claims Murphy, it is possible he could be signed to any practice squad, including Miami's practice squad, but that is very unlikely because this break feels weird for both parties.

It is possible Murphy winds up on the Philadelphia practice squad if he's not claimed.