Wednesday, August 4, 2010

RB Kory Sheets tears Achilles' tendon; undrafted cornerback leaves team

The Miami Dolphins suffered their second season-ending injury in the past three days Wednesday, losing running back and kickoff returner Kory Sheets to a torn Achilles' tendon.

Sheets is the second Dolphins player to tear his Achilles' tendon this year, joining defensive end Phillip Merling. He also joins Merling and fourth-round linebacker A. J. Edds (torn ACL) as the third Dolphin lost for the 2010 season.

Undrafted out of Purdue in 2009, Sheets spent time on the San Francisco 49ers' practice squad before joining the Dolphins' active roster last October after a season-ending injury to running back Patrick Cobbs.

Sheets appeared in two games for the Dolphins as a rookie, carrying the ball once for five yards while playing on special teams.

Although he was buried on the depth chart at running back with the returns of Cobbs and starter Ronnie Brown, Sheets' speed and athleticism made him a prime candidate for the kick returner spot.

With Sheets now out of the picture, fifth-round cornerback Nolan Carroll and second-year running back Tristan Davis will be among those battling it out for the return job.

Sheet is quite possibly going to be waived/injured in the coming days, where he will revert to the Dolphins' injured reserve list if he clears waivers. The Dolphins may work out an injury settlement if they do not deem him worthy of carrying on I.R. at full salary in 2010.

Undrafted cornerback leaves team

A day after the Dolphins release cornerback Evan Oglesby, the Dolphins lost another player at that position with undrafted rookie A. J. Wallace choosing to leave the team.

A teammate of Dolphins' first-round pick Jared Odrick at Penn State, Wallace was signed by the Dolphins on April 26 after going unselected in the 2010 NFL Draft.

It's not uncommon to see borderline NFL prospects call it quits before or during training camp when the intensity really picks up, as we've seen with tight end Jared Bronson, safety Ethan Kilmer, fullback Matt Quillen, nose tackle Kory Robertson, and offensive tackle SirVincent Rogers over the past few years.

Like those before him, Wallace will likely be placed on the Reserve/Left Squad list or the Reserve/Retired list. This will allow the Dolphins to retain his rights should he change his mind while freeing up a spot on the 80-man roster.

Wallace's departure leaves the Dolphins with seven active cornerbacks—Vontae Davis, Sean Smith, Will Allen, Jason Allen, Nolan Carroll, Nate Ness, and Ross Weaver.

The move has little immediate impact outside of a little depth lost, as Wallace was unlikely to make the final roster and was merely competing for a spot on the practice squad.

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