Brent Grimes, Nolan Carroll injuries lead Dolphins to make roster moves

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins have claimed cornerback Jalil Brown off waivers in order to bolster a secondary that was impacted by two big injuries last weekend against the New England Patriots. Both starting corners, Brent Grimes and Nolan Carroll, missed playing time during the contest.

The Miami Dolphins have had a solid, turnover causing secondary throughout much of the 2013 season. They have recorded an interception in 12-of-14 contests this year, and are sixth in the league with 17-interceptions on the year. That secondary has the 4th, 46th, and 50th ranked cornerbacks in the league, according to Pro Football Focus. Given every team starts at least two cornerbacks, meaning there are 64 starting CBs in the NFL, three in the top 50 is a pretty good year.

Add in Chris Clemons as the ninth ranked safety in the league, and the secondary is pretty stout. (Reshad Jones, the other Miami safety, is 75th in the league and is underperforming from the breakout season we all witnessed last year.)

However, that group took a hit on Sunday against the New England Patriots when both starting cornerbacks, Brent Grimes (4th in PFF rankings) and Nolan Carroll (46th), were injured late in the contest. After the game, Grimes said he was simply cramping, though he's also reportedly dealing with a groin strain, while Carroll suffered a knee injury. While Grimes could be back out on the field this Sunday as the Dolphins head north to face the Buffalo Bills, the prognosis for Carroll is unknown.

Behind the two starters are rookie cornerbacks Jamar Taylor, who has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury, and Will Davis. After that, the Dolphins are relying on safeties to play cornerback, including Jimmy Wilson, Michael Thomas, and, possibly, rookie Don Jones.

On Monday, the Dolphins claimed cornerback Jalil Brown off the waiver wire to try to bolster the secondary, just in case Grimes or Carroll are unavailable this week. Brown was a fourth round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2011, appearing in 29 games over two seasons with the Chiefs. He was waived in the final round of roster cuts this year and sat out the first six weeks of the season before joining the Indianapolis Colts in late October.

With Indianapolis, Brown appeared in five games before being waived over the weekend. For his career, Brown has two pass defenses and 25 tackles.

To make roster space for Brown, the Dolphins waived safety D.J. Campbell, who has spent much of the season bouncing to-and-from the Dolphins' practice squad. If he clears waivers today, Campbell could be once again signed to the practice squad and continue to develop. He has seen some time on defense, but has primarily served as a special teams player for Miami.

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