The Miami Dolphins released cornerback Evan Oglesby today, freeing up a roster spot for newly-signed inside linebacker Micah Johnson.
Oglesby had been on the Active/Non-Football Illness list since training camp opened last week and had not yet practiced with the team.
A five-year NFL veteran, Oglesby was signed for veteran depth at cornerback last November. He appeared in one game for the Dolphins in 2009 but did not record any statistics.
Oglesby's departure weakens the competition of Jason Allen and rookie fifth-rounder Nolan Carroll for a reserve cornerback spot.
Why Edds isn't on I.R.
Micah Johnson was obviously signed as a replacement for A. J. Edds on the depth chart, as the fourth-round rookie suffered a season-ending torn ACL in last night's practice.
So why was it Oglesby, and not Edds, who was taken off the Dolphins' 80-man roster to make room for Johnson?
Quite simply, because of the Dolphins would have had to expose Edds to waivers before placing him on injured reserve now, and he most likely would have been claimed by another team.
NFL rules prohibit placing non-vested veterans on a reserve list before the cut down to 75 players, which this year is Aug. 31. This is to prevent teams from "stashing" developmental players on reserve lists and freeing up roster spots for other players during the preseason.
Last August, Cleveland Browns rookie sixth-round cornerback Don Carey suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in camp and was waived/injured in order to get him off the active roster and onto injured reserve.
However, the Jacksonville Jaguars opted to claim Carey off waivers and keep him on their active roster until the 75-man cuts, when they placed on directly on I.R.
To prevent such a thing happening with Edds, the Dolphins will have to carry him on the active roster until Aug. 31 in order to put him on injured reserve without first exposing him to waivers.
Until then, expect Edds to remain on the Dolphins' active 80-man roster despite his season-ending injury.
As always, check out the updated projected depth chart following these transactions.
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