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Miami Dolphins claim cornerback Chris Owens off waivers

 
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Cleveland Browns cornerback Chris Owens during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Cleveland.
Cleveland Browns cornerback Chris Owens during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Cleveland.
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The Dolphins continue to shuffle backup defensive backs, claiming Chris Owens off waivers and cutting Justin Rogers.

Owens, who provides depth at the nickel cornerback position, spent his first four pro years with the Falcons, then joined the Browns before the 2013 season.

In Atlanta, he was in the same defensive backfield as current Dolphin Brent Grimes.

“Welp! Guess i better wash the guest bedroom sheets for our old friend and new Miami Dolphin, Mr. Chris Owens,” Grimes' wife Miko wrote on Twitter late Wednesday.

Owens is working under a one-year deal, and will earn nearly $118,000 from the Dolphins over the last two weeks of the season.

The former third-round pick appeared in 12 games this year before spraining his knee. The Browns placed him on injured reserve Dec. 3, but apparently he’s healthy enough to play.

Owens is the 40th-ranked corner in football this year, according to Pro Football Focus, allowing a 96.5 passer rating on passes thrown in his direction.

Rogers spent just one week with the Dolphins, and was inactive for his only game.

Thomas honored

The legend of Michael Thomas continues.

The NFL named Thomas the AFC Defensive Player of the Week on Wednesday — even though he played just 16 snaps against the Patriots.

Thomas made them count, however, intercepting Tom Brady in the end zone to preserve the Dolphins' 24-20 victory. Thomas also had two pass breakups and two tackles.

Thomas, who began last week as just another anonymous practice squad player and had never played in a game before Sunday, was claimed by the Dolphins on Dec. 10. He is expected to play only on special teams, but injuries to Grimes and Nolan Carroll forced him into action on the game’s final drive.

Grimes update

Grimes remains limited from the groin injury he sustained in Sunday’s win. Grimes sat out practice Wednesday, working with trainers off to the side.

However, he has said all week that he should be fine for this weekend’s game at Buffalo.

Likewise, running back Daniel Thomas was not able to practice Wednesday after aggravating the ankle injury that caused him to miss a game earlier in the season.

However, the Dolphins did get a bit of good news Wednesday. Offensive lineman Nate Garner was back at practice after missing Tuesday’s session for personal reasons.

Carroll (knee) and Paul Soliai (ankle) both practiced on a limited basis for the second consecutive day. Chris Clemons (hamstring/knee) and Jamar Taylor (hamstring) also were limited.

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