Are Miami Dolphins finished with DE Mario Williams after healthy scratch?

This hasn't worked out well. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

This hasn’t worked out well. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

MIAMI GARDENS–Mario Williams is one of the highest-paid players on the Dolphins’ roster, and his lackluster time in Miami might be finished.

Williams was a healthy scratch for today’s 35-14 loss to the Patriots, the latest mile-marker in a tumultuous season for him, and he’s got a week to pull himself out of the doghouse for at least the second time this season.

“I just felt like (Terrence) Fede was playing really well,” coach Adam Gase said. “At some point I have to make a decision with some of the special teams things we have going on and some of the injuries we’ve had; we’re moving a lot of guys around. We had been going in with nine defensive linemen a lot of those times, which we feel like has been good. We feel like that’s been the strength of our defense. I don’t think anybody would disagree. But we’ve had some situations where we need to get special teams guys up in the defensive backfield.”

Williams has had an ankle injury for a few weeks, but played through it. He was also a full participant in practice all week leading up to the New England game.

The Dolphins paid $6.5 million for perhaps the least productive season of Williams’ career. He ended the regular season with 1.5 sacks and nine tackles, and early in the season defensive coordinator Vance Joseph called him out publicly for not playing hard enough.

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