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Dolphins News: McPhail Placed on IR
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Dec 19, 1996: -- McPhail Placed on IR --


The Dolphins announced on Tuesday that they have placed running back Jerris McPhail on injured reserve and activated running back Brandon Bennett from the practice squad. This decision was made after it became clear that McPhail would not be ready for the Jets game, which is the last game of the season.

McPhail broke his arm in the game against New England on Nov. 3rd when Keith Sims fell on him after he had run out of bounds.

Until he was injured, McPhail was the designated 3rd down back for the Dolphins as well as one of it's primary kickoff returners and had been playing very well. His speed and pass receiving ability made him a very exciting player to watch.

Brandon Bennett (5'11", 203 lbs) was signed to the Dolphins practice squad on November 5th and was a teammate of Stanley Pritchett at South Carolina. He averaged 133 all-purpose yards per game in 1994 and was the Gamecock's leading rusher that year. He wasn't drafted in the 1995 draft, however and has apparently been looking for a team to play with since he got out of college.

JJ has been saying some nice things about Bennett in the media lately and apparently wants to give him a chance to show what he can do in a real game.

Also signed yesterday to the regular squad was defensive end Oscar Sturgis. Sturgis, at 6'5" and 278 lbs was a 7th round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 1995 out of North Carolina, and was on their team for 1995, although he didn't play much. He was released by the Cowboys earlier this year and spent a short amount of time with the Packers this fall before signing with the Dolphins.

And last, but not least, the oft-maligned Joe Nedney was named AFC special teams player of the week this week by the NFL for making all 3 of his field goals in this week's victory over the Bills on Monday night.


In the rumor department, there is nothing new to report, but some further digging into the Ricky Watters rumor has turned up nothing to verify the story in the Trenton Times. All of my sources in Miami have told me that they have heard nothing about a trade for Ricky Watters and that JJ is very happy with Karim Abdul-Jabbar as his starter.

However, there has been some confirmation that JJ may be interested in trading Richmond Webb for either a pass rusher or a big play wide receiver. Apparently JJ is not satisfied with his wide receivers and is looking for someone to help out at that position.

My Comments:

It's a shame that we won't see McPhail again this year, but there's no point in risking him in a meaningless game. It will be interesting to see if Brandon Bennett gets much playing time.

I have no detailed info about Oscar Sturgis, so I can't comment on why JJ might have signed him.

As far as Joe Nedney is concerned, I'm glad he got some recognition, but it doesn't seem to me that making 3 field goals - all under 45 yards - is that magnificent a feat. It must have been a slow week in the AFC...

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