Welcome back, Jonathon Amaya and Mike Rivera.
The Dolphins brought back two familiar defensive faces Tuesday, reuniting with their one-time safety and linebacker, respectively.
Amaya, who played in Miami as a rookie, was traded to New Orleans in the Reggie Bush deal before the 2011 season. Without a team after spending all of last year with the Saints, Amaya will take the place of safety Troy Nolan, who was cut to make space on the 53-man roster.
Amaya and Rivera were teammates on the 2010 Dolphins, but the latter did not play at all that season. Rivera was recently cut by the Patriots after appearing in two games this year.
The Dolphins also waived offensive lineman Ray Feinga on Tuesday.
None of the released players had made much of an impact. Feinga was not active for a game this season, and Nolan saw the field for just three defensive snaps during the Dolphins’ first three games.
• Bush said Tuesday that the knee injury he sustained during Sunday’s loss to the Jets was merely a bruise during his weekly appearance on Big 105.9’s Paul and Young Ron Show.
“I’m working hard to be able to get back this week,” the star running back said.
• The Dolphins have terminated the contract of guard Artis Hicks for failure to disclose an existing injury, a league source said. The team contends Hicks, on injured reserve with an injured neck, first sustained the injury as a member of the Minnesota Vikings in 2006. Yet Hicks was well enough to play in 66 games for three teams over the next five seasons.
• Dolphins players, cheerleaders and family members hosted a “Read and Rise” event at Miami Gardens Elementary School on Tuesday.
Jake Long, Brandon Fields and Diane Philbin were among those who read to students. The Miami Dolphins Foundation also gave each child a $10 voucher for an upcoming book fair.