Thursday, October 7, 2010

Defensive end Lionel Dotson waived/injured

In what possibly is the result of Jared Odrick getting closer to recovering from a fractured fibula, the Miami Dolphins have waived/injured third-year defensive end Lionel Dotson.

Dotson will be exposed to waivers and will be available for any team to claim, with priority going from worst record to best.

If Dotson clears waivers, he will revert to the team's injured reserve list, after which time he will likely receive an injury settlement and an outright release.

Originally drafted by the Dolphins in the seventh round out of Arizona in 2008, Dotson appeared in four games during his first two seasons in Miami.

After being waived by the Dolphins during final cuts a month ago, Dotson joined the practice squad of the Denver Broncos. He was re-signed by the Dolphins off the Broncos' practice squad before Week 2 after an injury to Odrick.

In three games this season as a reserve defensive end, Dotson has totaled two solo tackles.

His roster spot will be filled by defensive end Tony McDaniel, who served a one-game suspension last week for an offseason violation of the league's Personal Conduct Policy. 


Analysis

Dotson was actually waived as soon as he could have been by the Dolphins, as you must keep a player on your active roster for three weeks if you sign them directly off another team's practice squad. 

Unlike training camp and the preseason, when players are waived/injured solely to clear a spot on the roster before the 75-man cut down, the only reason to waive a player injured at this point in time is because you are hoping someone claims his contract and you can get it off your books.

I would even go so far as to say that Dotson isn't really hurt, but rather just your typical "banged-up" after a game. But that doesn't really matter to the Dolphins.

It seems unlikely the other 31 teams have an interest in adding Dotson to their active roster, which means he will likely clear waivers and revert to I.R.

It's certainly no big loss for the Dolphins, as Dotson has failed to develop in the past two-plus years and was pretty ineffective as a backup over the past few games.

With Tony McDaniel coming off suspension and Jared Odrick nearing full health with a bye week coming up, the Dolphins no longer had any use for Dotson.

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