The Miami Dolphins were a busy team on Wednesday. The latest development from the team is that they’ve been awarded defensive end Nick Williams off waivers from the Kansas City Chiefs. They also announced that safety Reshad Jones has been moved to injured reserve, opening a roster spot for Williams.
Williams had previously been with the Chiefs for the last two seasons and played sparingly for them. His release from Kansas City was a bit of a surprise because his playing time seemed to increase this season. Through five games in 2016, Williams has five combined tackles. In the two seasons before that, he recorded just nine tackles.
In addition to the Chiefs, Williams also spent a brief period of time with the Pittsburgh Steelers during his short career. The Steelers originally drafted Williams in the seventh-round of the 2013 draft out of Samford. He spent most of the 2013 and 2014 season with the team, but was relegated to the practice squad.
Unfortunately for Williams, the Chiefs released him this week to make room for defensive end Kendall Reyes, who previously played for the San Diego Chargers.
In the case of Jones, his IR designation was widely expected after the team announced that the Pro Bowl safety has a torn rotator cuff injury that will likely need surgery. He was expected to get a second-opinion on the injured shoulder, but it must not have gone well. He’ll now miss the rest of the season with the injury and his absence will be a major blow to the Dolphins.