Saturday, November 10, 2012

Dolphins waive Brandon McDonald after three days on roster

The Miami Dolphins were clearly in need of secondary help with their Week 9 struggles and the loss of starter Richard Marshall to injured reserve, but it seems cornerback Brandon McDonald is no longer in the team's plans.

McDonald, who was claimed off waivers from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday, was back on the street just three days later as the team waived him Saturday afternoon.

The 27-year-old McDonald was originally a fifth-round pick by the Cleveland Browns in 2007, but had bounced around with the Cardinals, Lions and Bucs over the past three seasons.

As of now, now corresponding move has been announced and the Dolphins have an open spot remaining on their 53-man roster. I presume the NFLPA frowns upon any team heading into a game short of a full roster, so it seems a promotion from the practice squad appears most likely.

Rookie cornerback De'Andre Presley, who was waived earlier this week and re-signed to the practice squad, is one potential candidate, as is fellow practice squad cornerback Julian Posey.

The Dolphins could also activate undrafted rookie running back Jonas Gray from the non-football injury list, although the Notre Dame alum hasn't played in a game since tearing his ACL a year ago and I find it hard to believe he's a realistic contributor this season.

Less likely this weekend is a veteran signing, even if corners Stanford Routt (Chiefs) and Pat Lee (Raiders) are potentially on the Dolphins' radar. Such a move would be more likely to happen early next week than right before the team's Week 10 game against Tennessee.