Adam Gase: Miami Dolphins’ housecleaning triggered by loafing in Buffalo

Adam Gase says, ‘We just did not have enough guys’ giving all they had in Buffalo last season. (Getty Images)

It’s one thing to criticize poor play in the NFL, quite another to rip a team for effort.

Thursday morning, coach Adam Gase went after effort, blasting some of his players for going through the motions in a 24-16 loss at Buffalo that essentially ended the slim hopes this team had of turning around its season.

The Dolphins were coming off a resounding 27-20 upset of New England when they traveled to upstate New York and were flattened by the Bills, triggering a three-game losing streak as a 6-10 season ground to a halt.

“That game at Buffalo just seemed like a 20-hour game,” Gase said on Joe Rose’s show on WQAM-560AM. “I was just waiting for us to turn the corner and really get going and nothing was working for us. There was no swagger, no attitude, and it was disappointing to see. It wasn’t everybody. You turn on that tape, there are guys that stand out noticeably as far as their effort and their play that was extremely high, and they were giving everything they had. We just did not have enough guys doing that.

“That’s why we felt like we needed to change some things around.”

It was a stinging swipe by Gase, the likes of which we hadn’t heard since he blasted players’ study habits following the 40-0 shellacking at Baltimore in October.

Since Gase did not mention names, it’s natural to wonder whom he was criticizing.

The ironic part? Several of the departed were the team’s statistical leaders that day.


‘There was no swagger, no attitude, and it was disappointing to see.’ — Adam Gase, on some of his players’ lack of effort in Buffalo last season


Jarvis Landry, for example, was targeted 13 times and made 10 catches for a season-high 99 yards. Cody Parkey kicked field goals of 28, 41 and 26 yards and accounted for 10 of the 16 points. Ndamukong Suh had seven total tackles, including three for loss.

Other performances of note: Jay Cutler was 28 of 49 for 274 yards, was sacked three times, threw three interceptions, fumbled four times and had a passer rating of 47.5.

Among players still on the Dolphins, Kenyan Drake had 16 carries for 78 yards and a touchdown, DeVante Parker was targeted 12 times and had six receptions for 89 yards and Kenny Stills was targeted six times, finishing with one catch for 8 yards. Jakeem Grant had a 16.5 average on two punt returns. The other top tacklers were Kiko Alonso (10) and Reshad Jones (seven).

The game got away from the Dolphins immediately, which ought to sound familiar. Buffalo drove 81 yards in 10 plays to open the game, ending with a 1-yard touchdown run by LeSean McCoy. By halftime, it was 21-6, Bills.

In the grades I issue after every game, I ripped quarterback play (Grade: F) and manufactured the phrase “confoundingly erratic” to describe Cutler. I also took it out on linebackers, giving them a D, which, coincidentally, was the same grade I gave the coaching staff, saying it was “short on answers” after Buffalo took the lead. I said coaches exercised poor clock management late.

Pro Football Focus gave highest marks to Dolphins scheduled to return: T Sam Young (85.3), T Laremy Tunsil (81.9), DE Charles Harris (78.5), Parker (77.7), Drake (76.6) and LB Chase Allen (75.9). All are 25 or younger except Young, who is 30.

For amateur sleuths trying to sort culprits from innocents, there are scores of players no longer with the Dolphins who can’t be blamed because they were out injured that day, including Damien Williams, Jermon Bushrod, Michael Thomas and Nate Allen.

Mike Pouncey and Julius Thomas (two catches, 15 yards) started the game, Terrence Fede (two tackles) saw limited duty and Neville Hewitt saw spot duty. Matt Moore was inactive. Lawrence Timmons was in on 44 plays, 70 percent of the time, and finished with four tackles.

“We had a lot of good guys in that locker room that gave it everything they had and no matter what happened they never wavered and they just kept plugging away and we feel like we added good pieces to that group,” Gase said.

Here’s the bottom line: Next year at this time, neither Gase nor GM Chris Grier nor football operations chief Mike Tannenbaum will have any excuses. No one will care about “yeah, but” narratives. They’ve reshaped the roster as they wish. They’ve jettisoned some, put stock in others. Ditto for Gase’s assistants.

No, nobody should expect miracles following a 6-10 season, given the amount of talent lost. But if there aren’t tangible reasons for optimism on April 5, 2019, that’s a problem.

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2018 NFL free agents: Dolphins bring back offensive tackle Sam Young

Sam Young is back with the Miami Dolphins. (Getty Images)

Local man and former tater tot eating champion Sam Young has re-signed to play offensive tackle for the Dolphins, a source said. He returns on a one-year deal and is a key pickup as they try to establish depth up front.

Young, 30, played 10 games as a left and right tackle last season. He started the final six games at right tackle when Ja’Wuan James went on Injured Reserve.

The Dolphins now move into the upcoming season with Laremy Tunsil at left tackle, James at right and Young next in line at either spot.

They traded for 49ers center Daniel Kilgore after cutting Mike Pouncey and signed veteran left guard Josh Sitton to a two-year contract. The right guard spot will likely be filled by Jesse Davis or Ted Larsen.

The loser of that position battle can serve as a backup at guard and center, giving the Dolphins a clear top seven on the offensive line.

Beyond that group, they have second-year guard Isaac Asiata and center Jake Brendel. Offensive tackles Sean Hickey, Eric Smith and Zach Sterup are also under contract for 2018.

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Jermon Bushrod isn’t retiring, hopes to rejoin Miami Dolphins for ’18

Guard Jermon Bushrod with coach Adam Gase. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

PARKLAND — Jermon Bushrod isn’t retiring and Sam Young is in a holding pattern as the NFL’s free-agent window is about to open.

Bushrod, a former Pro Bowl guard who endured an injury-shortened 2017 season, said he wants to play a 12th NFL season. Bushrod revealed his plans during an appearance Sunday at a youth football clinic the Dolphins conducted with players from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High at Pine Trails Park.

“I’m going to keep going,” said Bushrod, who will be 34 next season. “I want to do it again. I feel good. I wouldn’t say I’m 100 percent healthy but after I get this brace off my wrist, I’ll feel a lot better about myself.”

Bushrod doesn’t want his career to end on its present note.

“I went out last year,” he said. “That was my first year on injured reserve, not being able to finish the season.”

Bushrod said he’d “love” to play for the Dolphins in 2018, “But at the end of the day, it’s a business and they’re going to make the best decision that they feel they have to make for the future.”

Young, a free-agent offensive tackle, also is uncertain about his future, saying things are “quiet” as free agency begins this week.

“In terms of my own situation, we’ll see what happens when we come to it and just make the best decision for myself and my family.”

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2018 NFL Draft: Oregon tackle Tyrell Crosby gets Dolphins’ attention

Tyrell Crosby (73) could be one of the top offensive tackles in this year’s draft class. (Getty Images)

If Oregon left tackle Tyrell Crosby gave the Dolphins a good glimpse of his personality when he met with them last month, there’s no doubt he left a strong impression.

Crosby is bright and well-spoken when he’s not manhandling defensive linemen, but he’s nasty when he gets in the game.

“I like to make myself known on the field,” he said. “Off the field, I’m extremely quiet and keep to myself, but when I get out there I want to be the best player on the field. I like to get after it. I like to finish people and be aggressive. I really finish people, then I fall on top of them so they know I’m out there.”

Miami could use some of that attitude on its offensive line, which incredibly still needs work despite a wealth of resources being poured into it over the last several years. The team spent its 2011, ’14 and ’16 first-round picks on the offensive line, plus massive contracts for Mike Pouncey and Branden Albert and late-round selections on guards in two of the last three drafts.

The goal in free agency and the draft is to find at least one starting-caliber guard or right tackle to solidify a line that has left tackle Laremy Tunsil, Pouncey, a right or left guard in Ted Larsen and a guard/tackle in Jesse Davis.

Crosby’s draft stock is at an all-time high after a strong Senior Bowl, where he talked with Dolphins representatives, and he’s a plausible option for them in the second round at No. 42 overall.

He described his sit-down with Miami as “mostly a get-to-know-you meeting” that didn’t go into details about how he might fit the team’s plans.

Crosby opted to stay at Oregon for his senior year in hopes of raising his profile, and after originally being considered a mid-round pick, he’s now pushing into the second. NFL.com draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah ranked him the 42nd-best prospect in the class, fourth among offensive tackles, and noted that he has the “size, power and instincts” to make it as a pro.

“He will have some trouble with elite speed rushers, but I believe he’ll benefit from a move to the right side,” Jeremiah wrote in his scouting report. “I love what he brings in the run game… He also takes good angles when working up to the second level before latching and controlling linebackers. I wish he were a little more athletic, but he has all of the skills to be a solid starting right tackle.”

The main thing Crosby is out to prove is that he can adapt from the Ducks to the way NFL teams play.

“I’m showing that I can play in a pro-type offense, because at Oregon we did a lot of spread and run-pass option schemes,” he said. “I’m versatile. I can do all of it.”

His versatility extends to being able to play right or left tackle, which is more good news for Miami. At 6-foot-5, 319 pounds, he is projected to play right tackle in the NFL. However, he played two years of each position with the Ducks, including the last two at left tackle. That provides excellent insurance for whatever team drafts him.

“A lot of people think that’s easy, but every movement is the opposite of what your muscles are used to,” Crosby said. “It’s hard to adjust, but I got a lot of reps at both so I’m comfortable on either side.”

The Dolphins had Ja’Wuan James, the No. 19 pick in 2014, at right tackle the last four years before he suffered a season-ending groin injury last November. The team exercised a $9.3 million option on him for 2018 prior to last season, but can rescind it for a substantive savings.

If they bring in someone like Crosby at right tackle, that enables them to play Larsen at right guard and Jesse Davis at left. Davis is under contract for $555,000 this season, and a second-round pick will carry a likely cap hit of under $1.5 million. That series of moves would give Miami flexibility to address other needs.

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Dolphins OT Sam Young relives glory of winning tater tot eating contest

Sam Young has been a big part of the Dolphins o-line playing better lately. (Icon Sportswire)

DAVIE—Here’s the thing about Dolphins offensive tackle Sam Young: He’s one of the most affable, funny personalities in the locker room in casual conversation, but in interviews he’s extremely gifted at giving the emptiest, most boilerplate answers anyone’s ever heard.

When informed of that frustrating dynamic for reporters, he said thank you.

After much prodding and instigating, Young finally relented and told a few interesting stories after practice today:

You were born and raised in South Florida, then went to Notre Dame. What was your first winter like in Indiana?

“One of the first snowfalls, I was wearing flip-flops. That wasn’t fun. I went to a Notre Dame vs. Alabama basketball game, and it wasn’t that bad. But then I came out afterward and there was 4 inches of snow on the ground and I was in my flip-flops. I had to walk 10-15 minutes back to the dorm in that.”

I’m sure you wised up eventually.

“Yeah. I went to boat shoes after that.”

Classic winter wear. This is your fourth team in eight seasons. It sounds rough not knowing where you’re going to live year to year.

“Well, hold on. Think about that. It depends how you look at it. Some people love the idea of being born and raised in a town and never leaving. That’s what some people want to do. I love that I’ve been able to live in Indiana, Buffalo, Dallas, Jacksonville and here. I’ve gotten to live in a lot of cool places. I’m pretty content. I think it’s fun.”

I’ve seen you set up Ted Larsen’s gear in his locker so it would fall down on his head. When did you become a prankster?

“I’m not. That was a one-shot deal.”

So you just got Larsen that one time and that’s the only prank you’ve ever pulled.

“I hate that you’re assuming I would be such a prankster. I’m not creative enough.”

Is it difficult for you when you leave this locker room and have to go into the real world and act like an adult?

“So you’re saying I don’t act like an adult in here? There’s so much side shade being thrown here. Unbelievable.”

Every day I come in here you’re drinking a green milkshake. It looks disgusting.

“It tastes fine. You have options for what you want to put in it. I’m not one to eat a kale salad, but you can mix in that drink and I don’t know it’s there. It tastes like strawberry banana.”

Are you a guy who has trouble keeping your weight up, or do you have trouble keeping it down?

“Historically, keeping it up. It’s a different challenge when you have to eat to gain weight. In college, before weigh-ins, I used to have to eat two large pizzas just to make weight.”

How long did it take to wolf those down?

“Not as long as you’d think. You get pretty good at it after a while. I can carbo-load like a boss.”

What else?

“Fine, I’ll give you something. They had a Bar Louie and every Wednesday was $2 burger night, so I’d go with my buddy. We’re sitting there one night and the waitress is like, ‘Oh, you guys gotta come back Friday for the tater tot eating competition.’

“The hook is you get to drink whatever you want during the competition. And it’s a $250 gift certificate to Bar Louie. I’m in college, so hell yeah. So it was six minutes to eat as many as you can, and I ate like 3 1/2 pounds of tater tots in six minutes. I won—by like two tots. So I got a lot of $2 burger nights out of that.”

Were you doing that to make weight or was that just for sport?

“No, that was for making money, man.”

I’ve heard o-linemen say they actually hate being this heavy. You’re 6-foot-8, 306 pounds. Do you long for the day when you don’t have to carry that weight?

“I don’t want to be 300 pounds forever, especially when I’m not playing football. I’d like to think I’ll lose the weight. It’s healthier in the long run. I’d be able to go shopping again and actually fit in stuff.”

What’s the worst part of being your size?

“There’s been some roller coasters I haven’t been able to fit on.”

How long ago was that?

“Not that long ago. It was at Disney, the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. Luckily I had FastPass, but I did wait in line the whole time and finally got to the front and they were like, ‘Uh, sorry sir. I don’t know how to tell you this, but, uh, you’re too big.’ Damn, I’d been on every other roller coaster.”

Your agent is Drew Rosenhaus. He’s got an interesting reputation. Tell me something that will make people think differently about him.

“Him and his brother, how they work is pretty neat to watch. Drew has this room in his house that has like 10 TVs in it, so he’s able to watch every game his clients are playing in. He’s on top of everything. He might have 150 clients and he could probably name most of the clients he’s ever had and how long they’ve played and details about them. That’s something people don’t see. He’s great at what he does. It’s been a great relationship. If I give him or his brother a call, it’s two rings and they pick up.”

I heard you are one of the most involved players in the Dolphins Cancer Challenge (main event Feb. 10 at Hard Rock Stadium and features a concert by the Goo Goo Dolls, a 5K and a bike ride). Why is that particular cause important to you?

“It’s just something I got involved with last year. My wife and I participated. The money stays local with the UM Sylvester Cancer Center. I’m no different than most people in that cancer’s affected my family and loved ones. It’s a good way that I can help make progress toward a cure. It’s as worthy of a cause as I can get behind.”

You and your wife ran the 5K?

“My wife ran. I walked.”

Is your wife faster than you?

“Yeah. Oh yeah. She does marathons and half-marathons.”

But I think people underestimate how fast offensive linemen are. You could smoke me in a 40-yard dash, couldn’t you?

“Depends on the time of year, but yeah.”

How far of a run would we have to do for me to be faster than you? A mile? Two miles?

“I’m good for about 10 minutes, then I crap out. I’ve got a mile in me. You’d definitely have me in two miles. I can’t run two miles. You’d get me 10 times out of 10.”

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Dolphins high on rookie OT Eric Smith, who could debut Sunday

Dolphins rookie Eric Smith (right) is in position to play over the final two games. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE—Don’t be surprised if Dolphins rookie offensive tackle Eric Smith is dancing on the field at some point in the next two weeks. That’s Smith’s way of staying loose, and it was working well for him before a knee injury knocked him out for most of the season.

Smith made the regular-season roster as an undrafted free agent out of Virginia and has gone all year without dressing for a game. He was on Injured Reserve most of that time, but was activated today and is in consideration to make his debut Sunday at Kansas City.

“I want to prove to myself that I can play with the big boys,” Smith said. “Same motto as the beginning.”

Smith played all four preseason games and looked good. Dolphins coach Adam Gase praised him from the beginning for holding his own in training camp against veteran William Hayes and first-round pick Charles Harris.

That work helped Smith be ready for the games, and he was so at ease that teammates noticed him bopping around between plays.

“I just went out there and had fun,” Smith said. “If I went out there tense, those are the guys that usually mess up.

“That’s just who I am. I’m relaxed. I’m prepared, I studied the plays, I know the footwork, I know where I’m supposed to sit. Don’t go out there and overthink. Just do what I’m supposed to do. That’s how I’m treating it these last two weeks if I get in.”

Smith is a 6-foot-4, 321-pound prospect who started all four years with the Cavaliers. He beat out several more experienced tackles to make the final cut, but injuries have relegated him to being a long-term project.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing for Smith, though, because it’s afforded him a chance to further acclimate to the pros. He has several veterans in his section of the locker room and sits right next to eighth-year tackle Sam Young.

For Smith, who also takes reps on the field goal unit, the extra time to study and practice has helped get him ready for what could be a crucial two-game audition.

“Most definitely,” he said. “A lot of mental reps. I’ve gotten much better. I’ve been learning and growing from watching these guys work on their techniques and tactics.

“The day I got hurt was a letdown, but guys were high-spirited and told me, ‘You’ll be back. You’re good.’ Coaches reached out to me and told me to keep going. It was an awkward situation, but I never had a negative mindset about it.”

Smith thought there was a chance he’d end up missing the entire year when he went on Injured Reserve on Oct. 3. However, he was back to doing full speed running and cutting on the field. He started practicing again within the past few weeks, and the Dolphins added him to the roster when Jermon Bushrod was ruled out for the season with a foot injury.

If Miami is sticking with its starters for the final two games as Gase indicated, there’s no obvious spot for Smith. Laremy Tunsil is entrenched at left tackle, and Young has been playing well on the right side. If there’s an opportunity to get him in, though, it seems like the Dolphins are eager to test him out with an eye on him contributing next season.

“He did a lot of really good things that we liked,” Gase said. “I love how engaged he’s been since he’s been hurt. He just constantly kept working… It just starts moving so fast and you’re trying to keep your body right and keep up with what’s going on because as the season goes on… if you’re not practicing, it can get tough. He did a great job of staying up to speed and making sure that when he got a chance to jump back out there, he was ready to go.”

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Dolphins’ Jermon Bushrod stares down possible final chapter of career

Jermon Bushrod has plenty going on in his life besides football. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE—Jermon Bushrod knew what he signed up for when he bypassed retirement for one more season on the Dolphins’ offensive line. As an 11-year veteran, he’s fully familiar with brutal nature of the game.

But that doesn’t make this any easier.

Bushrod has been inactive for three straight games with a significant foot injury and seen the o-line play well in his absence with Jesse Davis replacing him at right guard. When he returned to the practice field today, he did so realizing it’s not automatic that he’ll resume his role as the starter. If that ends up being reality, it’ll undoubtedly be hard to accept.

“I don’t know,” he said. “Things have been (going well), and that’s the tough part when you’re not in the lineup. That’s how other people get their opportunities, and you have to figure out what the coaching staff wants to do. If they feel like when I get back I can help out, that’s out of my paygrade.

“Would I be comfortable with (coming off the bench)? I don’t know. I can’t answer that, because I’ve been a starter and played in this league for a long time. I’ve taken a backseat once, but I don’t know.”

It’s been difficult watching from the sideline as the Dolphins kept their season alive with wins over the Broncos and Patriots the last two weeks. For those games, as well as the loss at New England before them, Miami used Sam Young at right tackle and Davis in Bushrod’s spot.

If the Dolphins want to reinsert Bushrod into the starting lineup, they would likely bump Davis to right tackle.

The rest of the line is solidified with center Mike Pouncey, left guard Ted Larsen and left tackle Laremy Tunsil.

Bushrod didn’t fully participate in Thursday’s practice, but did get enough movement to test out his foot and get a gauge for how well it’s recovering. He does not want to play until he’s certain he can do so at full strength and be an asset rather than a liability.

“We’re just trying to work the kinks out and figure out where we are,” he said. “I gotta take it day by day, see how I felt, assess it and then figure out what we need to do for it to get better. As long as we’re continuing to go up, that’s gonna make me happy.”

Bushrod, 33, must also wrestle with the possibility that these final three games—or fewer if he’s not healthy enough to be active Sunday at Buffalo—could be his last chances to play in the NFL.

While he’s not ready to discuss that publicly yet, it’s logical to believe it’s on his mind. Bushrod’s taken his fair share of bruises over 11 seasons (knee, shoulder and foot in the last two years alone), he’s got a family and Spotrac reports his career earnings at more than $40 million.

However, he said he’s not viewing these last three games through that lens.

“I don’t really want to think about it like that,” Bushrod said. “Just week by week, day by day, I’m fighting to get better. If I can get back out there, that’s my plan. I’m gonna keep fighting to get back out there, then we’ll think about those kinds of things at an appropriate time.”

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Miami Dolphins practice report: Injury concerns for Patriots game

Matt Moore is Miami’s starter as of today. (AP)

DAVIE–The Dolphins are on the field this afternoon for the first time this week as they prepare for Sunday’s visit to New England. They go in as a 17-point underdog.

There’s quite a bit of uncertainty health-wise. Here’s a look at what they’re working with in practice today:

–Left tackle Laremy Tunsil missed practice because of an illness.

–Sam Young is already playing right tackle in place of injured Ja’Wuan James, and guard/tackle Jesse Davis is playing right guard for injured Jermon Bushrod.

–The only other tackle available is Zach Sterup, who hasn’t played this year. The Dolphins could also move Davis back to tackle and find a replacement at guard.

–Jay Cutler remains out with a concussion. Matt Moore is running the offense at quarterback.

–Defensive lineman William Hayes (undisclosed) did not practice. Hayes, 32, has been getting additional days off lately.

–Backup linebacker Stephone Anthony was on the field, but not a full participant in practice.

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Miami Dolphins concerned RT Ja’Wuan James could be out long term

Right tackle Ja’Wuan James could be out more than just this week. (AP)

DAVIE—The injury that forced Dolphins right tackle Ja’Wuan James out of Sunday’s game against the Raiders could jeopardize his season.

The team is continuing to assess what was initially listed as a hamstring injury in his left leg, and coach Adam Gase says they are looking for a secondary medical opinion. He added that it’s unclear whether the issue is in his hamstring, as opposed to another nearby body part. Trainers appeared to be checking his knee on the field.

James was nowhere near able to practice today, and it remains “a possibility” that he will be out well beyond Monday’s game at Carolina.

“I just don’t know,” Gase said. “I don’t have all the information… He’s getting some second opinions and things like that to make sure whatever we decide to do this year, whether it’s long term or short term—We just need to figure all that out.”

If James is out, the Dolphins will consider several options to replace him. Veteran tackle Sam Young filled in for him against Oakland, but with Ted Larsen returning at left guard it’s possible Jesse Davis could move from there to right tackle.

James, now in his fourth season, has been hit and miss according to Gase. However, Pro Football Focus ranks him the 10th-best tackle (right or left) in the NFL this season.

“I think Ja’Wuan’s had some really good games, then he’s had some games where I’m sure he would say he wished he played a little better,” Gase said. “I think that’s been the story of the first half of our season: inconsistent across the board with everybody on offense. (Mike) Pouncey’s the only one I can say every game I’m seeing the same things that are good.”

When pressed as to whether James is at least playing better than last season, Gase said, “I think he’s had some games that were head and shoulders better than any games he had last year. There was probably about three games that were really, really outstanding.”

James is playing the fourth season of his rookie contract after Miami drafted him No. 19 overall in 2014. The team exercised his option for next year in May, and he is set to make $9.3 million next season.

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Dolphins practice report: Jay Ajayi out of concussion protocol; Kenyan Drake in

Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi (23) talks with Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry (14) during Miami Dolphins minicamp at Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida on June 14, 2017. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

DAVIE — Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi is out of the concussion protocol.

Ajayi had been practicing recently, yet his status for Thursday night’s preseason game against Baltimore remains uncertain.

Running back Kenyan Drake, who took a blow in Monday’s practice, is in the concussion protocol, and it’s unlikely he would play Thursday.

Other notes from early Monday:

• Cornerback Tony Lippett (foot) and center Mike Pouncey (hip) did not appear to be working.

• The Dolphins signed wide receiver Trey Griffey, tackle Sean Hickey and wide receiver Rashad Lawrence.

• Miami let go wide receivers Jordan Westerkamp and Francis Owusu and offensive lineman Kwayde Miller.

• Miami had a light practice in its indoor practice facility on Tuesday.

• The Dolphins starting offensive line at practice was Laremy Tunsil-Anthony Steen-Jake Brendel-Jermon Bushrod-Sam Young.

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