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Miami Dolphins making cuts today

The Miami Dolphins have made their first multiple cuts of the preseason today.

Cut this afternoon were:

DB Akil Bount, OL Ruben Carter, WR A.J. Cruz, LS Ryan DiSalvo, CB Brandon Harris, WR Matt Hazel, TE Gabe Hughes, K Marshall Koehn, DB Al Louis-Jean, OT Vinston Painter, WR Branden Shippen.

With Koehn gone, it means Andrew Franks has won the kicking competition for the second season in a row. With DiSalvo cut it means long snapper John Denney has apparently won the long snapper competition for the 12 year in a row.

The Hazel cut is interesting. He was running with the second team in practices. Only seven receivers remain on the roster and the team is likely to keep five or six (if the sixth is a return specialist such as Jakeem Grant).

The seven currently on the roster are Kenny Stills, DeVante Parker, Jarvis Landry, Leonte Carroo, Griff Whalen, Grant and Rashawn Scott.

Stills, Parker, Landry, and Carroo are assured of roster spots for all intents and purposes.

The team must be down to the 75-man limit by Tuesday at 4 p.m.

The Dolphins currently 78 players on the roster.

In other news, linebacker Jelani Jenkins has undergone what is being termed as a minor knee scope, as noted by The Herald's Barry Jackson. The team is hopeful Jenkins can be ready for the regular-season opener at Seattle on Sept. 11 but that is not certain.

Minor cleanups, as this is being characterized, requires two to four weeks to return to the field at 100 percent barring any setbacks. The timing depends how quickly a player can rebuild his strength.