The addition of Hewitt, who was previously cut by the Dolphins in training camp, brings the roster back up to 53 men. Hewitt will provide depth at linebacker after the team released veteran Rey Maualuga on Nov. 18 following his arrest a day earlier.
Hewitt (shoulder) was waived by Miami on Saturday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
This move was somewhat of a surprise as the Dolphins are woefully thin at linebacker after Kiko Alonso and Lawrence Timmons. Perhaps the shoulder injury is more bothersome than they have let on or perhaps they will sign him at the conclusion of Week 1 when they won't have to guarantee his salary for the entire season.
Hewitt missed practice Tuesday due to a shoulder injury, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
There is no word as to the severity of the injury or as to when Hewitt will return to practice. He is in a battle with Raekwon McMillan for the starting SLB job. This is a battle that will become more and more difficult to win the more practice time he misses.
Hewitt is expected to battle for a starting linebacker position with Koa Misi (neck) out for the season, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
If the Dolphins don't make any additions to the roster it's likely that either Hewitt or Raekown McMillan will start in place of Misi. Hewitt played in all 16 games in 2016, starting five. He recorded 16 tackles, one sack, one pass defensed, and one fumble recovery. Being the veteran, Hewitt is in front of McMillan on the depth chart at this point in time but how each player performs during training camp will likely decide who will go into the season as a starting linebacker opposite Kiko Alonso and Lawrence Timmons.
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