Evans released after six games with Dolphins

Fifth-year veteran Heath Evans, who started all three games this year in which the Miami Dolphins used a formation that included a fullback, has been released.

Evans was informed of the move on Sunday, as he was putting up shutters before the arrival of Hurricane Wilma at his home in the Palm Beach area. One of the reasons that Evans had signed with the Dolphins as an unrestricted free agent in the spring was the team's proximity to his boyhood home.

Because he is a "vested" veteran, Evans is due his full $540,000 base salary from Miami but still hopes to catch on with another franchise before the season ends. A onetime third-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks (2001), Evans played his first four seasons in Seattle before departing in free agency.

Versatile running back Sammy Morris, who can play tailback and fullback, is expected to get more time now at fullback. The Dolphins will also use a tight end, probably Lorenzo Diamond, as an H-back in some formations. And there will be times, as well, when two tailbacks, Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams, will be deployed together.

In six games this season, Evans, 26, carried just once, for no yards. He had four catches for 17 yards. The Dolphins told Evans that he was being released, in part, because of injuries at other positions.

For his career, the former Auburn standout had only 34 carries for 108 yards and also 16 receptions for 104 yards. He has yet to score his first regular-season touchdown.

Viewed as a fullback cut in the new mold for the position, Evans is a solid blocker, has excellent hands and is also a strong special teams contributor. He was signed in the spring after former starter Rob Konrad departed the Dolphins as a free agent.