Phillip Merling activated by Dolphins

DAVIE, Fla. -- Defensive end Phillip Merling has been activated by the Miami Dolphins less than four months after an Achilles tendon injury that was feared to be season-ending.

To make room for Merling on the roster, the Dolphins waived quarterback Patrick Ramsey on Tuesday.

Merling had 33 tackles and 2½ sacks last season. He was hurt shortly before training camp began and went on the reserve non-football injury list in August.

His return bolsters depth at end, where the Dolphins lost top draft pick Jared Odrick to a season-ending foot injury after he played only one game.

Ramsey, an eight-year veteran, was signed two weeks ago after Chad Pennington and Chad Henne were hurt in the same game.