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November 24, 2009 9:34 PM

Roth saga ends with release

Some surprising news out of the Miami Dolphins Tuesday night, as the team announced that linebacker Matt Roth has been waived.

It was the culimnation of a strange series of events involving Roth, and the reasons are still not entirely clear as to what has transpired.

Roth was supposed to be the future at outside linebacker, and in fact he started at that position last year after Miami traded Jason Taylor.

Roth, a 2005 second round draft pick out of Iowa, contributed five sacks and 56 tackles in 2008, and was penciled in as the same position before this season started, a position now manned by Taylor.ROTH.bmp


And that's when the weirdness began.

In the preseason, the team announced Roth had failed a physical due to a mystery illness that was never revealed, while Roth said he simply had a groin injury.

Whatever the reason, the team put Roth on the non-football injury list to start this season. Roth returned after the Dolphins' bye week, and Coach Tony Sparano even praised him for his play in the win over Tampa Bay two weeks ago.

But now, just like that, the Dolphins' future is on the waiver wire, where any team can claim him.

How did it all go so wrong, so fast? That's the mystery, and we likely won't know the answer for some time.

As it is, a team that has been beset by injuries made some moves to shore up its thinning ranks.

Defensive lineman Ikaika Alama-Francis, a 2007 second round draft pick of the Detroit Lions, was signed to replace injured nose tackle Jason Ferguson, who is out for the season with a torn quadriceps.

Rookie safety Nate Ness was also cut, and veteran cornerback Evan Oglesby was signed to replace him. Oglesby has played 36 games with the Baltimore Ravens and Dallas Cowboys.

Ferguson joins running back Ronnie Brown and cornerback Will Allen as players lost for the season.

Also, it was announced the Dolphins' home game against the New England Patriots Dec. 6 will be moved to 1 p.m. NBC exercised its option in the flexible schedule to televise the Arizona-Minnesota game instead. The Dolphins-Pats game will now kick off at 1 p.m.

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