Friday, September 17, 2010

Dolphins re-sign Micah Johnson to practice squad

Two days after being waived to make room for defensive end Lionel Dotson, linebacker Micah Johnson has been re-signed to the Miami Dolphins' practice squad.

Johnson appeared in the Dolphins' regular season opener last week and was credited with one tackle on special teams, but space was needed on the roster for defensive end depth after Jared Odrick suffered a fractured fibula.

The move leaves the Dolphins with just three healthy inside linebackers due to Channing Crowder's lingering injury.

Now on the practice squad, Johnson will resume his normal practice routine with the Dolphins, but will not be allowed to play in games.

He'll also take quite a pay cut, earning $5,200 a week—a far cry from the $19,000+ he made against Buffalo.

Johnson will also be free to sign with another NFL team while on the Dolphins' practice squad, so long as he is added to that team's active 53-man roster. The Dolphins could always offer to promote him in that event, if they were so inclined.

Released to make room for Johnson was rookie defensive end Clifton Geathers, who was waived from the active roster Monday to make room for Erik Walden and re-signed to the practice squad on Wednesday.


Analysis

I'm a bit disappointed to see Geathers not even able to stick around on the practice squad, especially since fellow rookie Rob Rose is still on the active roster.

I liked Geathers' upside at 6-foot-7 and 295 pounds, but it's obvious the team wasn't very impressed with him in the two weeks he was in Miami.

Despite such a short-lived stint on the active roster, it's impressive that Johnson even got that far. Undrafted in April, Johnson arrived in camp late after being cut by the Giants in June and was able to beat out two players drafted by the Dolphins—J. D. Folsom and Austin Spitler—for a roster spot.

Considering he was able to make the game-day 45-man roster in his first week, he seems likely to get another shot at playing for the Dolphins this season when the roster allows it.

Although he isn't ready for a role on defense in the NFL, Johnson will be a prime candidate to be promoted to the active roster if the team has room for another special-teams player.

As always, check out the updated projected depth chart reflecting these transactions here.


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