The Miami Dolphins re-signed tight end John Nalbone to the practice squad as expected Tuesday, three days after waiving the rookie to make room for linebacker Matt Roth on the active roster.
Drafted in the fifth round out of Monmouth in 2009, Nalbone spent the first seven games of the regular season inactive as the third tight end behind Anthony Fasano and Joey Haynos.
The Dolphins obviously liked something in Nalbone with they selected him in the fifth round this year, but he's clearly not ready to contribute and isn't on the same level as Fasano and Haynos.
In a bit of a surprise, the Dolphins released wide receiver James Robinson from the practice squad, keeping tight end Kory Sperry as the fourth tight end.
The fact that Sperry was also kept means the team is just more comfortable with four tight ends in the organization at any given time for practice purposes. It also could mean that Nalbone could see a promotion back to the active roster at some point this season.
Nalbone's four-year rookie contract is now torn up, and he'll make $5,200 every week he's on the practice squad. Any promotion to the active roster (or future contract in 2010) will likely be a two-year deal for the league minimum.