Miami Dolphins LB Koa Misi on track to contribute

Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Koa Misi (55) chases after Buffalo Bills tight end Charles Clay (85) on a touchdown reception in the first quarter at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on September 27, 2015.  (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Koa Misi plans to return from injury. Miami has a desperate need at linebacker. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

INDIANAPOLIS — The Miami Dolphins say linebacker Koa Misi is a part of their plans.

Miami needs linebackers who are sturdy and effective against the run. And when Misi is healthy, he’s both.

“Koa right now is coming off significant neck surgery so we’ve just got to see where it is,” Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said at the NFL Scouting Combine. “But right now he’s in our plans. We’ll see. He’s got a checkup again in May so it’ll be probably the first time we’ll really know where he’ll stand in terms of his football career going forward.”

A league source said Misi expects to be fully medically cleared on May 1.

Misi has a salary cap hit of $6.5 million and the team could save more than $4 million if they cut him.

There is a chance Miami could ask Misi, if and when he is cleared, to take a reduced salary. But even at the current salary, Miami’s need for linebackers could keep him on the roster.

Misi is 30 and played only three games last season due to the injury.

But Misi did average 13.5 games played over the first six years of his career.

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