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Dolphins officially announce 53-man roster moves

The Miami Dolphins have announced the roster moves they made to get to the 53-roster limit.

NFL: Miami Dolphins-Minicamp Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins had a busy day of releasing players and making other roster moves to get the roster from the 75-man interim roster limit down to the 53-man limit the league enforces during the regular season. We tracked all of the moves in our live tracker, which includes a round-up of all our stories covering the moves, and can be found here.

After the dust settled following the 4pm ET deadline, the Dolphins officially announced the moves. While throughout the day, “cut” or “released” were the primary was of describing the roster moves, there are actually several categories the moves fill. Below, you will find each of the official designations for all of the players moved on Saturday:


James Burgess, linebacker (rookie)

Deandre Coleman, defensive tackle

Jamil Douglas, guard

Thomas Duarte, tight end (rookie)

Zac Dysert, quarterback

Shamiel Gary, safety

Tyler Gray, linebacker (rookie)

A.J. Hendy, safety (rookie)

Ulrick John, tackle

Chris Jones, defensive tackle

Cleyon Laing, defensive end

Rashaan Melvin, cornerback

Lafayette Pitts, cornerback (rookie)

Rashawn Scott, wide receiver

Jordan Williams, defensive end


Chimdi Chekwa, cornerback

James-Michael Johnson, linebacker

Dominique Jones, tight end

Daniel Thomas, running back

Sam Young, tackle

Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform

Chris Culliver, cornerback

(Players on the Reserve/PUP list are inactive for the first six weeks of the season. After that, they can return to practice at any point between the start of Week 7 and the end of Week 10, with a 2 week grace period in which they can practice but do not count on the 53-man roster. After those two weeks, the team will either have to activate the player onto the 53-man roster, or place him on Injured Reserve and end his season.)