Misi, who underwent season-ending neck surgery in 2016, recently failed a test that would've declared him healthy enough to play in 2017 if passed. The Dolphins selected Raekwon McMillan in the second round of this year's draft, so he'll now have a more direct route to playing time as a rookie with Misi likely sidelined for the year. It's an unfortunate series of events for the 30-year-old veteran, while it remains to be seen if Misi will ever be able to return to his original level of play.
Doctors have yet to clear Misi to begin football activities after he underwent surgery last season to address a neck injury, which ended up limiting him to three games. Misi is said to be progressing through the rehab process and the team remains optimistic that he'll back on the field before the start of the regular season, but as of now, he's without a timetable for his return. Misi's indefinite absence will allow rookie second-round pick Raekwon McMillan to pick up more reps early on in training camp as he attempts to claim a starting role.
Misi (neck) is still awaiting clearance to return to the field, Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald reports.
Misi underwent spinal fusion surgery after suffering a neck injury early in 2016 and was anticipating being cleared by May. However, that time came and went without Misi getting the thumbs up from a team doctor. The Dolphins likely would have cut him instead of restructuring his contract this offseason if they weren't optimistic he'll be able to play in 2017, but his eventual availability is nonetheless far from guaranteed.
Misi, whose 2016 campaign was shortened to just three games due to a severe neck injury, still has some time before he can practice again, according to Dolphins coach Adam Gase. Upon his eventual return to full health, he'll be able to provide strength at outside linebacker as he heads into his eighth consecutive year with Miami.
Misi's contract was originally set to have a cap hit of $6.5 million but the restructured deal is undoubtedly less. The veteran linebacker played in just three games last season and has yet to be cleared to return to full activity. When healthy, he'll be one of the team's top reserve linebackers behind starters Kiko Alonso, Lawrence Timmons, and Neville Hewitt.
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