The Panthers have signed linebacker Jason Trusnik to a one-year deal, the team announced. "Jason is an experienced player who adds more competition to the linebacker position and has also been a special teams ace," coach Ron Rivera said. "I expect him to come in and be a leader. Even though he is new to us, he's got veteran savvy to him." Trusnik made six starts while playing all 16 games with the Dolphins in 2014, racking up 48 tackles and intercepting one pass. "First, I want to earn respect from my new teammates and coaches," Trusnik said. "It's a new team and I have to earn that. I want to continue to be the leader that I've been in the past and make plays, whether that be on special teams or on defense."
Dolphins linebackers Jelani Jenkins and Jason Trusnik were forced into larger-than-expected roles in Week 2 against the Bills, as a result of injuries on the depth chart. Jenkins led the team with 14 tackles -- nine solo -- and Trusnik wasn't far behind, with 10 -- five solo. Neither accumulated any other stats in the 29-10 loss.
Only defensive players are listed on the Friday injury report released by the Dolphins. But most of them are probable and will almost certainly play against Carolina on Sunday. The probables are cornerback Nolan Carroll (ankle), safety Chris Clemons (glute), linebackers Dannell Ellerbe (knee), Koa Misi (shoulder) and Jonathan Freeny (shoulder) and tackle Paul Soliai (knee). Listed as questionable are end Cameron Wake (knee), linebacker Jason Trusnik (rib) and cornerback Don Jones (elbow). Fellow cornerback Dimitri Patterson (groin) is out.
What are the odds of a 10-player injury report in which everyone listed is a defensive player? Such was the case with the report submitted Friday by the Dolphins. The only defender ruled out is cornerback Dimitri Patterson (groin). Fellow corner Don Jones (elbow) is questionable as are end Cameron Wake (knee) and Jason Trusnik (rib). The others are all probable. They are cornerback Nolan Carroll (ankle), safety Chris Clemons (glute), linebackers Koa Misi (shoulder), Dannell Ellerbe (knee) and Jonathan Freeny (shoulder) and tackle Paul Soliai (knee).
Five of the finest Dolphins defensive players are all but certain to suit up Sunday at New England. They are listed as probable with various ailments. Included are tackle Paul Soliai (knee), safety Chris Clemons (glute) and linebackers Jonathan Freeny (shoulder), Koa Misi (shoulder) and Dannell Ellerbe (knee). Also probable is cornerback Nolan Carroll (ankle). Defensive end Cameron Wake (knee) and linebacker Jason Trusnik (rib) are questionable.