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Dolphins to sign veteran linebacker; UM player says game plan an issue

The Dolphins intend to sign veteran linebacker James-Michael Johnson to their 53 man roster, according to a league source. The team must make a corresponding roster move before signing him and announcing it. [UPDATE: Center Sam Brenner has been released.]

Johnson has 18 starts and 45 appearances in four NFL seasons.

Drafted by Cleveland in the fourth round out of Nevada in 2012, Johnson started eight games for the Browns in 2012, one for the Chiefs in 2013 and nine for the Chiefs in 2014.

This season, he played in one game for Tampa before being cut after nine days and appeared in two games for Jacksonville during a 23-day stint with the Jaguars in October.

He signed with Detroit on Nov. 4 but was cut this past Saturday.

Johnson, 6-1 and 240 pounds, has 79 tackles, one sack and two forced fumbles in his NFL career.

The move to sign Johnson would suggest there's uncertainty about the status of starting linebacker Jelani Jenkins, who left Sunday's game with an ankle injury. Coach Dan Campbell said Jenkins is listed as "day to day."

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I asked a few UM players today how Miami can be blown out by teams (Clemson, UNC) with similarly ranked recruiting classes.

Cornerback Tracy Howard had a quick answer: North Carolina had a better game plan. We'll have more on this and the UM coaching search in a post later, as well as Dolphins, Heat and Marlins. Check back in a few hours.

 

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