Miami Dolphins: Will Yeatman

Updating injured Miami Dolphins

February, 6, 2014
MIAMI -- Injured players are often forgotten in the NFL. A person goes down for the season in October or training camp, while other players step in and fans forget the original place holder.

With that in mind, let’s update several key injuries for Miami and where those players currently stand.

1. TE Dustin Keller

Injury: Knee

2013 stats: No stats

Update: The Dolphins had big aspirations for Keller when he signed a one-year contract in March. But Keller suffered a gruesome blow to the leg, tearing multiple ligaments and ending his season. Charles Clay filled in very well and caught 69 passes. Clay did more than enough to prove he’s the starter in Miami. Clay and Keller's major knee injury make Keller's return to the Dolphins unlikely. Teams also could wait until it is late into free agency to see if Keller returns close to 100 percent.

2. CB Dimitri Patterson

Injury: Groin

2013 stats: 19 tackles, four interceptions

Update: Patterson will be an interesting case for the Dolphins and new general manager Dennis Hickey. Patterson produced when healthy, as evident by his four interceptions. But a tricky groin injury was bothersome all year and Patterson played just six games. Patterson should be 100 percent in the spring. However, he’s had a long list of injuries and comes with a steep salary of $5.4 million next season. I would be surprised if Miami keeps Patterson at that salary. The Dolphins already have to pony up a lot of money to keep unrestricted Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes.

3. WR Brandon Gibson

Injury: Knee

2013 stats: 30 receptions, 326 yards, three touchdowns

Update: Like Keller, Gibson was knocked out for the season after a significant knee injury. He was doing well in the slot after signing a three-year contract. Rishard Matthews replaced Gibson and also was productive. Gibson might miss some reps in organized team activities and minicamps during his recovery, but he should be getting close to 100 percent by training camp.

4. OT Will Yeatman

Injury: Knee

2013 stats: Eight games played

Update: Yeatman had a freak accident during a November practice where he tore his ACL. He played in eight games as a reserve. The former tight end has been a two-year project for Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin. Yeatman is a restricted free agent. So the Dolphins can bring him back on the cheap. However, since Yeatman was injured in November his recovery time will stretch into the summer.

5. WR Armon Binns

Injury: Knee

2013 stats: No stats

Update: Binns showed promise last offseason before blowing out his ACL in the summer. Binns didn’t make it to the regular season and now has to start from scratch in 2014. Binns made a brief appearance in Miami’s locker room after the regular season ended. Binns believed he would’ve helped the Dolphins last year. The bigger question is can Binns help Miami this year? He should be ready for training camp and will add depth to a deep group of Miami wide receivers.

Dolphins' offensive line in shambles

November, 17, 2013
The hits keep coming for the offensive line of the Miami Dolphins.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports starting center Mike Pouncey (illness) will not play in Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers. Both teams have 4-5 records, so Sunday's meeting should serve as an elimination game of sorts in the AFC playoff race.

The Dolphins are now without three starters on the offensive line Sunday: Pouncey, Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin -- due to a combination of illness and in-house controversies. Top reserve Will Yeatman also suffered a significant knee injury in practice Wednesday and was put on injured reserve.

Miami’s offensive line is in shambles. This is the same group that was a part of a franchise-low 2 rushing yards in last week’s 22-19 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The offensive line has been Miami’s biggest weakness all season, and Pouncey was easily its best player up front. Not having Pouncey will impact both quality of play and communication between the linemen and second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

The Dolphins have two choices to replace Pouncey against San Diego. Miami can either start backup center Sam Brenner, who was just called up from the practice squad on Saturday. Or, the Dolphins can shift starting guard Nate Garner to center and start backup Danny Watkins at guard. Neither choice is ideal.

W2W4: Chargers at Dolphins

November, 16, 2013
The Miami Dolphins will host the San Diego Chargers Sunday (4:05 p.m. ET, CBS) in an important game for both teams.

Here are three things to watch from Miami's perspective:

Must-win situation: The Dolphins, despite losing five of their last six games, still believe they can make a run for the playoffs in the second half of the season. Both clubs have identical 4-5 records, and the loser of this game essentially will be eliminated from postseason contention in the AFC. The winner will be back at .500 with six games remaining.

Grounded attack: Miami rushed for a franchise-low 2 yards in last week's defeat to the previously winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Dolphins must improve and have more balance on offense Sunday against the Chargers. Miami has a patchwork offensive line already down two starters due to Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin controversy. Starting center Mike Pouncey also is questionable for the game with an unspecified illness, and the Dolphins lost backup offensive tackle Will Yeatman on Wednesday with a significant knee injury.

Slowing Rivers: Miami's 16th-ranked pass defense has a major test on its hands with San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers. The Chargers quarterback is putting up outstanding numbers. San Diego has the fourth-rated passing attack and a variety of weapons. Miami's secondary has been hit and miss this season. But this group must step up for the Dolphins to prevail. Players such as cornerback Brent Grimes and safety Reshad Jones have to make big plays defending the pass.

Re-examining Miami's offensive line depth

November, 14, 2013
The Miami Dolphins took another tough blow on their offensive line this week. first reported that backup offensive lineman Will Yeatman suffered a significant knee injury in Wednesday’s practice.

So where do the Dolphins go from here?

Yeatman was just beginning to earn playing time as an extra offensive lineman on running plays following the departures of starting right tackle Jonathan Martin and guard Richie Incognito.

Martin left the team on Oct. 28 following a lunchroom incident and later claimed Incognito bullied and harassed him over the past year and a half. The Dolphins suspended Incognito indefinitely.

With Yeatman also out, here is what is left at the offensive line on Miami’s roster:
The offensive line has been a weak link for Miami all year. Losing Incognito, Martin and now Yeatman only makes it worse for the struggling Dolphins, who have lost five of their past six games.

Miami’s starting five up front will remain intact. But Yeatman’s injury may move rookie third-round pick Dallas Thomas to the forefront if there is an injury at offensive tackle in the final seven games. Thomas is green and has been inactive in every game this season.

Previewing potential Dolphins inactives

September, 7, 2013
The Miami Dolphins will face the Cleveland Browns in their regular-season opener on Sunday. Here is a preview of players you may not see based on this week’s practices:

QB Pat Devlin, CB Will Davis, CB Jamar Taylor: All three players are ruled out on Miami’s final injury report. They missed every practice this week.

RB Mike Gillislee: Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas will get a majority of the carries. Miami needs a fullback (Tyler Clutts) on the active roster for certain formations as well. Gillislee could be the odd man out.

TE Michael Egnew: He brings no value on special teams and is a backup behind Charles Clay. Egnew’s lack of blocking also puts him behind rookie tight end Dion Sims.

OT Will Yeatman: Miami has nine offensive lineman, and Yeatman could get the short end of the stick on game day.

LB Josh Kaddu: He’s a backup linebacker, and fellow backups Jason Trusnik and Jelani Jenkins play special teams.

DB Don Jones: The Dolphins are thin at defensive back, but Jones is on the back end of the depth chart.

Miami Dolphins cut-down analysis

August, 31, 2013
Most significant move: The Dolphins had several tough decisions to make at the bottom of their roster. Perhaps the biggest call was whether to keep three quarterbacks -- and Miami opted Saturday to keep third-stringer Pat Devlin. Devlin played nearly all of Miami’s fifth preseason game against the New Orleans Saints and threw for 259 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Devlin showed some good and some bad, and it was just enough.

Several other bubble players didn't make the team. Wide receiver Marvin McNutt and defensive linemen Kheeston Randall and A.J. Francis were all in the running for the 53-man roster; all three are strong candidates for Miami’s practice squad. There's also the chance that any of the players cut will be scooped up by other teams. That probably explains why the Dolphins were the last NFL team to release their list of cuts Saturday night -- there had to be some gamesmanship involved.

Close calls: Several Dolphins who made the 53-man roster won't be able to rest easy. Cornerback R.J. Stanford, defensive back Don Jones, tight end Michael Egnew and offensive tackle Will Yeatman are among several bubble players who still have jobs.

For Egnew and Stanford in particular, injuries during the course of training camp and the preseason helped their case. The Dolphins might not be finished adding players this weekend, however.

What’s next: Like most teams, Miami will examine the waiver wires closely. Miami spent $200 million in free agency this offseason but is far from a perfect team. The Dolphins can use additional depth at positions such as offensive line, tight end and now wide receiver. By cutting McNutt and Chad Bumphis, the Dolphins only have four receivers on their roster. That will change soon. Miami runs a lot of three-receiver sets and needs more players at the position.

It’s also time for Miami to set its sights on a Week 1 road game against the Cleveland Browns. The Dolphins have playoff aspirations this season, but they must win their first road game to set the tone in 2013.

Dolphins cuts: G Chris Barker, C Sam Brenner, WR Chad Bumphis, WR Keenan Davis, DT A.J. Francis, RB Jonas Gray, S Keelan Johnson, S Jordan Kovacs, T Andrew McDonald, WR Marvin McNutt, TE Kyle Miller, DE Tristin Okpalaugo, CB Julian Posey, CB De’Andre Presley, DT Kheeston Randall, DT Tracy Robertson, LB Lee Robinson, LB Austin Spitler, WR Brian Tyms, OT Jeff Adams (waived/injured), QB Aaron Corp (waived/injured), LB Antwan Applewhite (terminated contract).