Injuries have left the Dolphins a little thin on the defensive line, a state of affairs they addressed Thursday by adding a veteran to the mix.
The Dolphins announced that they have signed former Chargers and Panthers defensive end Antwan Applewhite. Applewhite played five games for the Panthers last season, starting three times while recording six tackles and a sack. He’s played 48 games overall in his career, which started when he made the Chargers practice squad as an undrafted free agent in 2007.
His presence will give the Dolphins another option on the line with Randy Starks and Dion Jordan both missing time with injuries recently. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that Jordan, who is being bothered by his surgically repaired shoulder, is expected to be ready in time for the season opener, but the team still isn’t quite sure what their first-round pick will be able to do this season.
“We’ve got to get him back on the field,” General Manager Jeff Ireland said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “Until you get him back on the field, it’s really hard to kind of see progress.”
Applewhite doesn’t have the upside of Jordan, but he’s a healthy body and that was enough to get him a job in Miami.