Dolphins place Phillip Merling back on active roster

More than five months after local reports said Dolphins defensive end Phillip Merling was out for the year with an Achilles injury, the third-year player is back on the Dolphins active roster.  The team activated him from the non-football injury list.

It remains to be seen if Merling is ready to play on Sundays, but the team waived quarterback Patrick Ramsey to make room for him.  Merling first suffered the injury while jogging.  Ideally, he’d add depth to a depleted defensive line.

It’s been a good couple of weeks for Merling: Assault charges against him were recently dropped.

Given up for dead after getting a shutout at home by the Bears, you can almost see the Dolphins as a playoff contender if you squint hard enough.  They have six wins, with home games against the Browns, Lions, and Bills still to come.

Unfortunately for Miami, they also have division road tests in New York and Foxborough.

4 responses to “Dolphins place Phillip Merling back on active roster

  1. Gregg, quit squinting man…

    Whoever finishes 2nd in the AFC North between the Steelers and Ravens will have at least 10 wins. And they’ve BOTH beaten Miami H2H.

    And, you figure NE and the Jets are good for 10 wins too. Which means Miami…would have 7 losses.

    No way on this planet or any other planet that Miami remains a viable playoff contender except in the realm of being “mathematically alive”

  2. The Dolphins still have a shot though slim. The combined record of the Browns, Bills, & Lions is 8-25. The last 2 years the Dolphins are 2-0 at the New York Jets and 1-1 at the New England Patriots. The Dolphins are 5-1 on the road this year. It will be tough but not impossible. They must not abandoned the run. They ran the ball 49 times against the Raiders last week and controlled the clock for over 41 minutes. So, in the end I believe the only change the Dolphins have is they win the rest of there games.

  3. The only way the Dolphins get to the dance is if they run the table. It can be done, but beating the Pats in Foxboro with the playoffs on the line in the last game of the year will be the most difficult game. The Jets have proven beatable and Miami matches up well (when they come to play) but that is a tough game as well. I think the Pats will beat the Jets @ home for a split. The Bills are going to beat at least 1 team in the division and they could decide who goes to the playoffs from the AFCE

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