The Miami Dolphins entered the day needing to release nine players to get down to 75 men on the roster before the 4pm deadline from the NFL. As the clock closes in on the deadline, a few of the names being released have started to leak out, including fullback Jorvorskie Lane.
Lane joined the Dolphins last year after going undrafted in 2009. Having played college football at Texas A&M under then Aggie head coach and now Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, Lane had allowed his weight to keep him from continuing his football career. Fighting to get his weight under control, Lane, who was 295 pounds prior to the 2009 Draft, called Sherman and asked for a chance to join him in Miami. Showing up at 258 pounds, Lane impressed during his tryout, and again during the preseason, ultimately earning a spot on the 53-man roster.
During the season, however, Lane seemed to disappear as the team went away from the use of a traditional fullback. This year, the team continued that move away from the single-role lead blocker, instead preferring to move tight ends back into the backfield in certain sets. The writing was on the wall for Lane.
Also confirmed so far, the Dolphins have released linebacker Michael Clay and wide receiver Julius Pruitt. The team must make six more cuts prior to the 4pm ET deadline.