Saturday, September 8, 2012

Dolphins promote Jonathan Freeny from practice squad

Jonathan Freeny's initial practice squad stint of the season was short-lived, as the Miami Dolphins have promoted the second-year linebacker to the active roster a day before the team opens up at Houston.

An undrafted free agent out of Rutgers in 2011, Freeny spent camp with the Dolphins as a rookie and was headed toward an arena football stint with the Chicago Rush before joining Miami's practice squad late last season.

Freeny ranked third on the team with 12 tackles this preseason and initially survived final cuts, only to be waived the following day when undrafted rookie linebacker Sammy Brown was added off waivers from the St. Louis Rams.

Now, Freeny returns to the 53-man roster in place of quarterback David Garrard, who saw his contract terminated on Wednesday when he failed to fully recover from a preseason knee injury.

Despite being booted off the active roster by Brown's arrival, I suspect Freeny will have a better shot at being active tomorrow against the Texans over Brown. Freeny has a year more of experience around the NFL game and has the added benefit of working with the Dolphins in the preseason and for Darren Rizzi on special teams.

Assuming he is active, Freeny will be wearing No. 59 for the Dolphins after donning No. 49 in practice since he first signed with the team. NFL rules state that during the regular season. linebackers may only wear numbers in the fifties or nineties.