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Donald Butler, signed last week, ready to play and compete for snaps

Donald Butler is ready to play.

Dolphins coach Adam Gase said the linebacker who signed Sept. 13 and practiced with the team for the first time the next day is ready to play this week. He is expected to debut Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.

That means Butler is expected to play on both defense and special teams.

It is unclear if Butler got any first-team repetitions in practice Wednesday but the opportunity was clearly there. Starting weakside linebacker Jelani Jenkins did not practice Wednesday because he is recovering from knee surgery weeks ago.

Jenkins has not missed either of the first two game this season, but the Dolphins want an upgrade available behind him and possibly even an improvement for the snaps Jenkins typically gets.

So consider that competition officially started. 

Me? I would use Butler, who is built a little more compact and muscular than Kiko Alonso, at middle linebacker and use Alonso on the weak side. Alonso's best NFL season was his rookie season in Buffalo when he played outside.

 

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