Tag:Marques Douglas
Posted on: September 5, 2010 7:20 pm
 

Will Allen to IR hurts Dolphins DBs

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

So much for keeping DL Charles Grant, CB Will Allen, DL Marques Douglas and OL Cory Procter around on the 53-man roster.

As Miami selected four players off the waiver wire (Clifton Geathers from Cleveland, Robert Rose from Seattle, Joe Reitz from Baltimore and Jermey Parnell from New Orleans), four of the Dolphins who thought they made the team Saturday were gone today.

Allen – who tore his ACL last October but still hasn’t recovered – might be the most important deletion. He was placed on IR, meaning he’s lost for the year and leaving the Dolphins secondary in a bit of turmoil. CB Sean Smith has not been impressive in training camp, Jason Allen – who’s bounced between safety and corner – reportedly has replaced him in the starting lineup and Miami has released Nate Ness (he was immediately snapped up by Seattle).

“I feel comfortable with the group. I think Vontae (Davis) has really had a really good camp, so I feel really comfortable there,” coach Tony Sparano told the media today. “I thought Jason Allen had a really productive camp. I think Sean’s (Smith) gotten better. I know that Sean had a couple rough go’s at times in a few ball games, but I feel the guy’s gotten better. He’s another one of these two-year players.

“The addition of Nolan Carroll I think is going to be good for us there, and Benny (Sapp is a good addition). I think those people will help us a little bit; they give us jobs at the game and at the same time are competitive corners. We’ve got five corners that I feel like can go in the game and compete. We’ll see. I know they’re young; I got it, but they were young last year too.”

With that comfort level – even though many of us think he shouldn’t feel comfortable at all – that made it easier to place Allen on IR.

“Obviously knowing more about Sean and Vontae and seeing the progress of Jason Allen makes those decisions easier I think,” Sparano said. “Getting the surprise, I wouldn’t call it a surprise, I shouldn’t call it that, but seeing the progress of Nolan Carroll throughout this whole camp. I think those type of guys make that decision a little bit easier. It certainly isn’t an easy decision to be able to do that with a ten year guy.”

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed .

Posted on: July 29, 2010 11:05 am
 

Dolphins add another DE

C. Grant signed with Miami to compete for a DE spot (Getty). The Dolphins still are trying to make up for the loss of DE Philip Merling, who suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in the offseason. After signing Marques Douglas to the squad on Tuesday, Miami took a chance on former New Orleans DE Charles Grant, inking him to a two-year deal.

As the Miami Herald writes, Grant has plenty to prove.

He missed the Saints playoff run last year because of a torn triceps muscle, and he has faced legal issues the past two years.

The Herald has the particulars:

Grant, you see, was indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter stemming from a February 2008 altercation in a bar – what else? – in which a pregnant woman was shot to death. Grant initially denied being an instigator or a participant in the incident.

But that changed when the issue went to court. He pleaded no contest to affray, which means fighting. Assistant District Attorney Ron Smith told the Associated Press Grant was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay $20,000 restitution to the Early County Sheriff's Office for his role in the fight.  Grant, who is from Colquitt, Ga., was stabbed in the neck during the fight in nearby Blakely that resulted in the death of 23-year-old Korynda Reed.

Smith said Grant's longtime friend, Laquient Macklin, and Grant's cousin, Marshae Stromer, pleaded guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and affray and paid $1,000 fines and were put on two years probation.


Grant won’t automatically move into a starting spot. He’ll have to compete with Douglas and Kendall Langford for that position – it appears first-round pick Jared Odrick will take the other DE spot – and Grant will play in a 3-4 defense for the first time. But based on past production, Grant, who’s more accomplished than any other DE on the Dolphins roster, will have a good shot at earning plenty of playing time.

--Josh Katzowitz

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed .



 
 
 
 
The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com