The Miami Dolphins completed the downside of signing a new player today, when they waived rookie linebacker Marcus Thompson to make roster space for the newly signed offensive lineman Daryn Colledge. The move was required to get Miami back down to the NFL's 90-man preseason roster limit.
Thompson originally signed with the Dolphins in May as an undrafted free agent out of Rutgers.
Miami had been carrying 12 linebackers through the offseason workout program, but were forced to let Thompson go when Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey injured his hip during the team's Organized Team Activities. Pouncey is expected to miss at least three months, and possibly as many as six, after having to have surgery to repair a torn labrum.
Colledge joins the Dolphins entering his ninth season in the NFL. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the second round in 2006, spending five years with the Packers. He played for the Arizona Cardinals the last three seasons. He currently has the longest streak of consecutive games played for guards, having never missed a game in his 128-contest career.