**UPDATE 3:50 pm** Here's the official story from MD.com. To make room for the 3 players claimed off waivers, the Dolphins waived Rob Ninkovich and Trey Darilek, to go along with Anthony Armstrong. They also placed 5 players onto their practice squad: Jayson Foster, Daren Heerspink, Lex Hilliard, Will Billingsley, and Matthew Mulligan. The Dolphins still have 3 spots free. I'd expect Armstrong to get one of those spots if he does clear waivers. And I'll be honest and say that I'm surprised Ninkovich got released over Quentin Moses. Moses didn't show me much this preseason. [end update]
The Dolphins have already put in claims on three players who were waived yesterday.
First off, the Dolphins claimed WR Brandon London off waivers from the Giants. London is a 6'4, 210 pound receiver who spent all of 2007 on the Giants' practice squad. And he was about to sign another deal to be placed onto New York's practice squad yet again when his agent called him and told him the Dolphins have claimed him off waivers. Says London about being claimed by Miami:
"Everybody in the (Giants') locker room thought I knew some kind of inside info and everything, but I was just saying that I like South Beach joking around. It's funny how it really happened like that."
"I'm beyond fired up. (The Dolphins) asked me if I'd be ready to practice tomorrow. I was like, 'I'm ready right now. Soon as I get off the plane.'"
I love the kid's excitement and enthusiasm. Let's see how he does once he gets down here, though. For the record, in the '08 preseason, London had 4 catches for 40 yards - all during their final game last Thursday against the Patriots. To make room for him, the Dolphins waived Anthony Armstrong - who is likely going to be placed on the practice squad once he clears waivers.
The Dolphins also claimed OL Andy Alleman. Alleman was a 2007 3rd round pick of the New Orleans Saints. He measures in at 6'4, 302 pounds. I don't know too much about him, so anyone who knows more can inform us below. Interesting to note, though, that both the Patriots and Jets also put in waiver claims for him. So he must have some potential!
The Dolphins also signed Nate Garner, a 6'7, 318 pound monster who the Jets drafted in the 7th round of last April's draft. Garner is listed as a guard, but started 13 games at right tackle last season for Arkansas. So perhaps he could be a guy who could provide depth at tackle behind Jake Long and Vernon Carey.
So that means as of right this minute, the Dolphins have to cut 2 more players to get down to 53 players. Any ideas who?