If you needed any further proof that the NFL is a cold business, look no further than a roster move made by the Miami Dolphins ahead of Sunday’s Wild Card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Defensive end Jason Jones started five games for Miami this year and played in 14. He racked up 36 tackles, 3.5 sacks and knocked down two passes as a key cog in the team’s defensive line rotation.
Now, according to Pro Football Talk’s Josh Alper, citing multiple reports, he’s been waived ahead of the team’s upcoming Wild Card game.
Such a move would seem to indicate some sort of off-field problem has occurred, but Alper reports that isn’t the case here.
“Those reports also say that Jones’ departure is not due to any legal matter and that he was not expected to be in the lineup on Sunday had he remained on the team. That leaves Mario Williams, Nicholas Williams and Terrence Fede to go with Cameron Wake and Andre Branch at defensive end this weekend.”
It’s a cold move that was necessitated because of the team’s shortfall in other areas, as pointed out by Omar Kelly of the Miami Herald.
This clearly has to be about Miami's shortage of LBers and CBs. Call up options Lamin Barrow, Brandon Watts or CB Bene Benwikere.
— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) January 6, 2017
The Dolphins have the tough task of stopping Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown and Co. this weekend. It’s going to be interesting to see if the decision to take away depth and talent up front ends up benefiting them or hurting them. But perhaps the offense can take a load off, which is something Jay Ajayi is hell bent on making sure happens on Sunday.