Miami Dolphins cut defensive end Jason Jones two days before playoffs

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) gets a pass off over the outstretched hand of Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Jones (98) at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on January 1, 2017. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady gets a pass off over the outstretched hand of Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Jones at Hard Rock Stadium. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

DAVIE — Two days before an NFL playoff game at the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Miami Dolphins cut veteran defensive end Jason Jones. Jones was not going to play in the game, according to an NFL source.

Jones started the first five games of Miami’s season and had 36 tackles and 3.5 sacks this season.

Jones lost his starting position to Andre Branch, who has become a force. This obviously increases the chance veteran Mario Williams will appear in the first playoff game of his career.

This Dolphins regime does not mess around. Consider offensive linemen Billy Turner and Dallas Thomas were cut for inadequate performance on the same day this season.

And consider defensive lineman Leon Orr was cut on the practice field after an off-field incident.

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