The Dolphins made four roster moves Wednesday, signing defensive lineman Ryan Baker and guard Ray Feinga and releasing defensive lineman Igor Olshansky and kicker Shayne Graham.
Graham’s release means kicker Dan Carpenter is ready to return after missing two games with a groin injury.
Feinga, promoted from the practice squad, was needed because Vernon Carey remains out with an ankle injury. Although Carey said Monday his ankle was fine, he did not practice Wednesday and his status remains in doubt for Sunday’s game against Oakland.
Nate Garner likely would start at right guard if Carey isn’t ready.
Baker, released by the Dolphins when Steve Slaton was signed Sept. 28, has spent parts of three years with the team and has seven tackles and a half-sack in 16 games.
Olshansky, signed Sept. 21, had seven tackles in eight games but missed last week’s game with a calf injury.
“With Igor, we felt like we needed to make a move,” coach Tony Sparano said.
Graham made four of five field-goal attempts in his two games filling in for Carpenter, but missed a 47-yarder in the first half of Thursday’s game against Dallas.
Report: Marshall cuffed in mid-Nov.
According to the South Florida Times, Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall was handcuffed and briefly detained by Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies Nov. 14 after he was accused of fleeing to avoid paying a $142 cab fare. Marshall was attending a birthday party for Karlos Dansby at the Fontainebleau on Miami Beach when a cab driver took him first to the international airport in Miami, and then to the one in Fort Lauderdale.
According to the police report, Marshall got out of the cab without paying, saying he needed to use the restroom. The cab driver said Marshall didn’t know where he wanted to go. Marshall said the cab driver was difficult to understand because of his thick accent and refused to take him home.
Marshall got in another cab, but not before the first cab driver told the second driver what had happened. Instead of taking Marshall to his Southwest Ranches home, the second cab driver took him to Port Everglades Security checkpoint, where Marshall was handcuffed and placed in the back of a cruiser. Marshall agreed to pay both cab fares and was permitted to return home.
Marshall’s agent told The South Florida Times that Marshall is “completely innocent. It was a communication issue, more of a language barrier.”
This and that
• The Raiders have major health issues. Nine players missed Wednesday’s practice with injuries, including Darren McFadden, Richard Seymour, Rolando McClain, Sebastian Janikowski and Denarius Moore. Six others were limited.
• Dolphins safety Yeremiah Bell (foot) was limited in practice.
• The Raiders rank sixth in rushing yards per attempt (4.7) but worst in rushing yards allowed per attempt (5.3). The Dolphins are averaging 3.9 yards per carry (22nd in the league) but their run defense remains stout, ranking seventh in the league at 3.7 per carry.
• Oakland’s Carson Palmer ranks last in the league in fourth quarter quarterback rating at 34.8, due largely to five interceptions, compared with no touchdowns. The Raiders have the league’s fewest fourth-quarter points, having been outscored 103-54.
Overall, Palmer has six touchdowns and eight interceptions in five games since his rights were traded by Cincinnati. “He throws the deep ball extremely well,” Sparano said.
• Matt Moore, who had the NFL’s third-highest quarterback rating in November, said Wednesday, “I knew I could play in the league. I still think I can play better.”
He credited offensive coordinator Brian Daboll: “I’ve never been more prepared. Every day, I’ve learned something new.” He said Chad Henne has watched tape of opposing defenses with Moore and “gives his two cents.”
• Brandon Marshall, on his spectacular touchdown catch against Dallas, which was made in spite of Terence Newman having his hands around Marshall’s neck: “I needed a catch like that to prove I can still catch the football… It was pretty nice.”
• Koa Misi has only one sack after producing 4.5 as a rookie. But with Jason Taylor playing a lot on third downs, Misi has had fewer opportunities to rush the quarterback. “Jason Taylor has taken this guy under his wing and done really a great job with him,” Sparano said.
• The Dolphins said Wednesday they are “hopeful” the Raiders game will be televised locally, which likely will require the team to again buy tickets before Thursday’s blackout deadline.
• With 30.9 million viewers, the Dolphins-Cowboys game was the most-watched program on U.S. television this fall.
Source: Miami Herald