Dolphins kicking unit still in flux due to injuries
Injuries to kickers Caleb Sturgis and John Potter adds another layer of uncertainty to the Dolphins, who have been dealing with several injuries at other positions.
By Surya FernandezFOX Sports Florida
On Monday, the Miami Dolphins signed Jake Rogers to help augment a short-handed kicking unit that has been hampered lately with injuries. The team subsequently waived reserve kicker John Potter later that day.
Starting kicker Caleb Sturgis has been battling groin issues throughout camp and continues to be limited with just one preseason game left on the schedule.
Potter was the team's kicker during Saturday's 25-20 victory against the Dallas Cowboys but suffered a hip injury in the third quarter and did not return to action. He was brought in by the Dolphins on Aug. 15, the same day the team waived Danny Hrapmann, who was signed earlier in the month and played in the team's first preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons.
The revolving door of kickers adds yet another layer of uncertainty for the Dolphins, who have been dealing with several injuries lately at various positions.
Rogers, 27, recently spent time with the Cleveland Browns before being released on July 28. The journeyman originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the New Orleans Saints in 2011.
''It's a great opportunity and I'm excited to be here,'' Rogers said after Monday's practice.
He refused to consider he would be at a disadvantage given the fact that he's been brought in so late during the preseason.
''I wouldn't put it as a short time to prove yourself, I think it's just the fact of getting out there and getting used to it again,'' he said. ''I didn't really have the opportunity at the last place so it's exciting and new. I'm excited.''
Sturgis, originally drafted by the Dolphins in the fifth round of the 2013 draft, is still considered the starter for the team but has been limited in practice and has not been able to participate yet in the preseason. He was set to play in the team's second preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but experienced a setback during pre-game warmups. He made 26 of 34 field-goal attempts last year, the fourth-worst completion average in the NFL at 76.5 percent.
The kicking unit spent Monday's practice mostly pacing about and observing practice. Rogers attempted several long-range kicks and went 3-for-4 in field goals while Sturgis looked on.
After practice, coach Joe Philbin downplayed the significance of the recent rash of injuries to his kickers.
''No, I think we're in good shape,'' he said. ''We have work to do, obviously, in all phases. But that's not uncommon after the third week of the preseason.''