The Miami Dolphins have waived/injured cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, the team announced Monday morning. He was replaced with cornerback Al Louis-Jean.
Ekpre-Olomu entered the NFL as a seventh round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns last year, despite torn ACL he sustained just prior to Oregon’s Rose Bowl appearance. He missed the entire 2015 season recovering from the surgery, then was waived by the team this offseason. Miami claimed him off waivers, with expectations that, assuming his knee was healed, he would be in competition for the team’s nickel cornerback spot.
Throughout the offseason, the Dolphins have taken slow with Ekpre-Olomu, hoping he would fully recover. However, with the move, the Dolphins free his roster spot for Louis-Jean. If no team claims Ekpre-Olomu, he will revert to the Dolphins’ injured reserve list, where the team can then come to a injury settlement with him and release him outright.
Louis-Jean entered the NFL in 2014 as an undrafted free agent, signed by the Chicago Bears out of Boston College. He started his rookie season on the practice squad before being promoted to the active roster. He appeared in nine games, recording nine tackles and one pass defensed. After re-signing with the team in February 2015, Louis-Jean was waived by the Bears at the end of the 2015 preseason. He then joined the Washington Redskins’ practice squad at the end of 2015. After signing a futures contract to remain with Washington, he was released in May.
Update (9:32am ET):
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Ekpre-Olomu tore his other ACL during practice inside the Dolphins’ practice bubble. That led to the waived/injured roster move.