Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Dolphins lose Artis Hicks for season; re-sign Ray Feinga

The Miami Dolphins' already-thin offensive line got a little thinner, as the team placed guard Artis Hicks on season-ending injured reserve. Reports Tuesday indicate Hicks developed a neck injury after the preseason opener against Tampa Bay on Aug. 10.

The veteran lineman was signed to a one-year deal in March after a 10-year career that included stints with the Eagles, Vikings, Redskins and Browns. A starter of 71 games in 118 career appearances, Hicks was projected to start for the Dolphins at right guard before his preseason injury.

To replace Hicks on the roster, the Dolphins re-signed lineman Ray Feinga. The versatile Feinga, who is no longer eligible for the practice squad, was waived during final cuts on Aug. 31 and has been a free agent since.

Despite taking Hicks' spot on the 53-man roster, Feinga will likely continue to work at left tackle with Jake Long recovering from a sprained MCL. Feinga has worked at guard in the past but spent the preseason at left tackle and started in Long's absence in the preseason finale against the Cowboys.

Meanwhile at right guard, former third-rounder John Jerry projects as the starter with Nate Garner backing him up. Jerry has been on quite a ride this preseason, entering camp at over 360 pounds as a third-stringer and long shot to make the team to showing well in games and contending for the starting job even if Hicks had returned.

However, there were reports Tueday the team had reached out to veteran free agent Jake Scott. A highly-effective starter with the Titans over the past few years (as well as my No. 4 guard of the offseason), Scott fits the Dolphins' zone-blocking scheme better than Jerry while offering a better track record as well. The 31-year-old has worked out for the Dolphins twice this offseason but has remained unsigned.

The Dolphins have a spot remaining open on the active roster with Tuesday's release of quarterback David Garrard. The team opens the regular season this Sunday at Houston on Sept. 9.

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