The Dolphins brought Quinn out of semi-retirement earlier this month. He was set to do TV work but put that on hold to give football one last shot.
That shot didn’t go well, with Quinn throwing six interceptions in his last five practices, including one Tuesday that Reshad Jones returned for a touchdown. Miami released him Tuesday.
When asked before his release if he had any regrets about returning to football, Quinn replied: “No. Never. Being out here with the guys every day, playing football, it’s the greatest thing in the world.”
Quinn was one of eight players cut Tuesday to get the Dolphins roster to the mandatory 75-man limit. The others were Armon Binns, the wide receiver who tore his ACL in training camp last year, tight end Brett Brackett, cornerback Steven Clarke, defensive end Rakim Cox, defensive tackle Cory Grissom, center Tyler Larsen and wide receiver Ryan Spadola.
The Dolphins also placed three players on injured reserve: running back Mike Gillislee (hamstring), defensive tackle A.J. Francis (knee) and tight end Arthur Lynch (back). None were designated to return, so they are all out for the season.
Miami must pare its roster to 53 by Saturday.
“It’s not an easy conversation, for sure,” coach Joe Philbin said. “You do your best to talk to the players about the NFL and hopefully their careers can be a long-term thing. There’s always setbacks in life and you deal with them and you move on. Certainly, there will be some quality individuals that you have to let go.”
The Dolphins took no action Tuesday with Mike Pouncey, who is still recovering from a hip injury that has sidelined him all camp. He’s on the physically unable to perform list, and the Dolphins must decide to either keep him on it or activate him, which would necessitate a roster spot.
Pouncey visited a hip specialist Monday and received a positive diagnosis. However, he has not yet been cleared to practice and is expected to miss the opener against the Patriots.
resumed kicking Tuesday after missing the entire preseason with a groin injury. He was in no mood to talk about his availability for Thursday’s exhibition game.
When asked if he hopes Sturgis will play Thursday against the Rams, Philbin replied: “I hope so. All the initial reports are positive. We’ll see. We’ll get him warmed up and see if we can get him out there. It would be great.”