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AP Sources: Dolphins cut LB Crowder

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DAVIE, Fla. (AP)

Not long after veteran linebacker Channing Crowder mentioned the possibility of being cut, he was released by the Miami Dolphins.

Two people familiar with the decision confirmed it Friday. They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Dolphins hadn't announced the move.

It came not long after Crowder took part in the first Dolphins' practice of training camp. As he walked off the field, he talked with reporters about the absence of former teammate Ronnie Brown, a free agent.

''It's wild, man,'' Crowder said. ''Me and Ronnie came in together. We're best friends. It's tough, but it's part of the NFL. The Dolphins are going to cut me one day, to be honest.''

That day came with Crowder entering the final year of his contract. He was to make $5 million this season.

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Crowder had been a starter for Miami since his rookie season in 2005 but drew criticism for failing to make more big plays. In the past three seasons he had a total of one fumble forced, one fumble recovered, one interception and one sack.

Last season Crowder had 33 tackles in 11 games. He missed five games with injuries.

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