Free Agency-Dolphins Capsule
MIAMI DOLPHINS (7-9)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: LB Stephone Anthony, RB Brandon Bolden, TE A.J. Derby, QB David Fales, TE MarQueis Gray, RB Frank Gore, DE William Hayes, DT Evander "Ziggy"...
Dolphins’ Wake calls NFL enforcement of QB hits ‘sad’
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake has joined other players in complaining about the NFL's officiating emphasis to discourage quarterback hits.
"It's sad," Wake said Friday. "I don't think it's a secret that the league is concerned about player safety. It just depends on what players."
Dolphins DE Hayes to miss rest of season with torn ACL
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins defensive end William Hayes will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL he suffered trying to avoid a roughing-the-passer penalty.
Hayes was hurt when he sacked Oakland's Derek Carr during Miami's 28-20 victory Sunday.
"He was trying to not put body weight on the quarterback," coach Adam Gase said Monday. "His foot got caught in the ground."
Hayes leads the Dolphins with two sacks. His loss is costly even though the front four was the Dolphins' deepest area.
Titans’ Vrabel expects to use 2 QBs against Texans
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Titans coach Mike Vrabel said Friday he expects to play both starting quarterback Marcus Mariota and backup Blaine Gabbert in Sunday's game against the Houston Texans.
Mariota practices for Titans, expected to play vs. Texans
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota practiced fully Wednesday after being knocked out of Tennessee's season opener when he hurt the elbow on his right, throwing arm.
Barring any setbacks, Titans coach Mike Vrabel expects his quarterback to play Sunday.
"He's feeling good," Vrabel said. "He was able to practice. He had some rest there Monday and Tuesday, and so he was able to get through and do everything and really looked OK."
AP source: RB Frank Gore agrees to terms with Dolphins
MIAMI (AP) — Rather than retire, Frank Gore is joining his hometown team.
The NFL's active rushing leader agreed to terms with the Miami Dolphins, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Thursday. The person confirmed the agreement to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal won't be final until Gore passes a physical.
Miami Dolphins free agency capsule
MIAMI DOLPHINS (6-10)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: SS Michael Thomas, Walt Aikens and S Nate Allen; QBs Matt Moore and Jay Cutler; LBs Lamin Barrow and Koa Misi; G Jermon Bushrod; LS John Denney; TE Anthony Fasano; DEs Terrence Fede and William Hayes; K Cody Parkey; CB Alterraun Verner; RB Damien Williams; OT Sam Young.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: QB David Fales; LB Neville Hewitt; G Anthony Steen.
Dolphins DE William Hayes placed on injured reserve
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins defensive end William Hayes has been placed on injured reserve because of a back injury.
Hayes, a 10-year veteran, played in 10 games off the bench this season. He made 19 tackles and was the Dolphins' most effective run-stopping end.
Miami acquired Hayes in March in a trade with the Rams that also involved low draft picks.
Dolphins’ Cutler ruled out at New England; Moore to start
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler was ruled out of Sunday's game at New England because of a concussion, and backup Matt Moore will make his second start of the season.
Cutler practiced Friday, but remains in the concussion protocol. He threw three interceptions in Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay before he left at halftime because of his injury.
Dolphins Preview Capsule
MIAMI DOLPHINS (10-7)
New faces: QB Jay Cutler, TE Julius Thomas, LB Lawrence Timmons, TE Anthony Fasano, first-round pick DE Charles Harris, DE William Hayes, S Nate Allen, S T.J. McDonald.
Key losses: Defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, LT Branden Albert, TE Dion Sims, S Isa Abdul-Quddus, TE Jordan Cameron, DE Mario Williams, DT Earl Mitchell.
The parallels between Shane Ray and Charles Harris are impossible to ignore now that Harris has an NFL employer. Two years ago the Denver Broncos drafted Ray No. 23 overall and planned to groom the Kansas City native under established pass-rushing star DeMarcus Ware. On Thursday, the Miami Dolphins drafted Harris No. 22 overall and plan to groom the Kansas City native under established pass-rushing star Cameron Wake.
Dolphins make several moves to upgrade shaky defense
MIAMI (AP) — New Miami Dolphins linebacker Lawrence Timmons says his approach to his job is simple.
"I'm a football player," the 10-year NFL veteran said. "I'm just see-ball, get-ball."
The Dolphins can use more of that after allowing a franchise-record 6,122 yards last season. That's why they made several moves Friday to shore up their defense, including the acquisition of Timmons, who signed a $12 million, two-year contract.
The Latest: Rams trade defensive end Hayes to Dolphins
The Latest on NFL free agency (all times Eastern):
The Rams have traded defensive end William Hayes to the Miami Dolphins.
The clubs also exchanged draft picks, with Miami getting a seventh-round pick and the Rams getting a sixth-round pick.
Hayes spent the past five seasons as a key rotation member of the Rams' powerful defensive line. He started 14 games last year, getting 43 tackles and five sacks.
Marcell Dareus back from suspension, not playing for Bills
Marcell Dareus' return to the Buffalo Bills will have to wait at least another week with the star defensive tackle not playing against Los Angeles.
Dareus just completed a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, but then injured his hamstring in practice Friday. The Rams will be without three members of their vaunted starting defensive line after Michael Brockers, Robert Quinn and William Hayes were all declared inactive.
Whicker: Defensive end William Hayes is the Rams’ oldest player at age 31 and a small-school success story
His first steps toward the NFL took him to El Paso, for a Texas vs. The Nation college All-Star Game.
William Hayes was from the Nation. During practice, he was a Rogue Nation.
"He saw all those offensive linemen lined up," said Kermit Blount, Hayes' coach at Winston-Salem (N.C.) State. "They had all played at these big schools. He called all of them out one-on-one and beat them."