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Dolphins promote Jonas Gray to 53-man roster; Sam Brenner called up as well

The Miami Dolphins are promoting Jonas Gray from their practice squad to the 53-man roster. Center Sam Brenner has also been brought back to the main roster.

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The Miami Dolphins are making a couple of roster moves ahead of their Week 1 contest against the Washington Redskins, promoting the recently signed running back Jonas Gray from the practice squad to the 53-man active roster, the team announced today.

Gray joined the NFL as an undrafted free agent signed by the Dolphins in 2012. After a knee injury sidelined him for that entire year, he started the 2013 season with Miami, but was cut at the end of the Preseason, joining the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad. In 2014, the New England Patriots signed him to their practice squad, eventually moving him up to the active roster, where he appeared in eight games.

Gray has 89 career carries for 412 yards and with five touchdowns. Gray joins starter Lamar Miller, and reserve running backs Damien Williams and LaMike James on the Miami 53-man roster.

Center Sam Brenner, who was a surprise cut at the end of the Preseason before being re-signed to the practice squad, also returns to the active roster. Brenner was courted by several teams after being release, but Miami increased his practice squad pay in an effort to ensure they kept him in the organization. Now, he returns to being Mike Pouncey's primary backup at center.

To make the roster space for Gray and Brenner, Miami released quarterback Logan Thomas and offensive lineman Jacques McClendon.

The Dolphins and Redskins kickoff at 1pm ET Sunday.