The Dolphins had their third special-teams-related cut of the season on Monday, releasing veteran ILB Bobby Carpenter.
The Dolphins signed Carpenter, a former first-round pick of the Cowboys, before the season opener. With ILB Channing Crowder battling a groin injury, Carpenter started the first two games of the season.
Carpenter missed a block that led to P Brandon Fields' deflected 24-yard punt on Sunday against the Packers. He blew a block that led to a blocked punt in the Week Four loss to the Patriots and failed to tackle Patriots KR Brandon Tate when Tate took a kick 103 yards to the house.
Special-teams coach John Bonamego was fired following the special-teams disaster against the Patriots. ILB Erik Walden was cut after missing an assignment when a punt was blocked against the Jets.
Crowder returned to the active roster and his starting role, which helped make Carpenter expendable. ILB Austin Spitler, a seventh-round pick in April, could move up to the game-day roster.
The way we see it
There were high hopes that Carpenter could turn his underachieving career around in Miami when he was signed, but the Dolphins cannot afford to allow special-teams miscues, and Carpenter led the team in them. Veteran LB Tim Dobbins provides another backup option behind Crowder.