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Miami Dolphins trade cornerback Will Davis to Ravens for seventh-round pick

Miami Dolphins cornerback Will Davis, who was traded to the Baltimore Ravens on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, is still recovering from a serious knee injury.
Miami Dolphins cornerback Will Davis, who was traded to the Baltimore Ravens on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, is still recovering from a serious knee injury. AP

The Miami Dolphins traded Will Davis to Baltimore for a seventh-round draft pick Monday, less than three years after using a third-round pick on the cornerback from Utah State.

Davis, coming off knee surgery last November, had two interceptions in the preseason finale but wasn’t on the active roster in the first two games this season. He said the Dolphins told him they wanted him to strengthen his knee before playing in a regular-season game.

Drafted 93rd overall, Davis played in five games as a rookie and 10 in 2014 before sustaining a torn ACL. He had 24 tackles, two passes defended and no interceptions in his 15 regular-season appearances.

The move, for now, leaves the Dolphins with six cornerbacks: Brent Grimes, Jamar Taylor, Brice McCain, Zack Bowman and rookies Bobby McCain and Tony Lippett.


Several key offensive players enter the week with injuries. Running back Lamar Miller said his ankle is “a little sore” but “I’ll be good” for Sunday. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill is expected to continue to try to play through an ankle injury, as he did Sunday.

Left tackle Branden Albert, limited to 19 of Miami’s 68 snaps Sunday, said Monday that his injured hamstring is feeling better, but the Dolphins won’t get a better sense of his status until later in the week.

Tight end Jordan Cameron, who was limited to 28 snaps Sunday because of a groin injury, said coach Joe Philbin told him not to discuss his injury with reporters. Dion Sims (concussion) also is still awaiting clearance to return. That means Jake Stoneburner is the Dolphins’ only healthy tight end, at the moment.

“Dion said he is feeling better,” Stoneburner said. “Jordan probably could have played [in the second half Sunday]; just wasn’t worth it.”

▪ Defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said it would be accurate to say that defensive end Cameron Wake (who didn’t play in the second half Sunday) wanted to play, but the Dolphins thought Derrick Shelby would be more effective than Wake, even though both players were limited in practice last week, Shelby with an eye injury, Wake with a hamstring.

“When guys don’t practice, they have a tendency not to perform as well on game day,” Coyle said. “Players may refute that. Their performance level usually isn’t up to par. That was a case for a few of the guys [Sunday] with the exception of Reshad Jones.”

Wake has declined to discuss the issue.

▪ Of the play in which safety Walt Aikens was beaten badly for a touchdown by Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson, Coyle said: “Walt got beat on a double move. I told the players, ‘Put on SportsCenter and you will see five or six other guys getting beat on double moves.’

“He anticipated a play they had run out of that formation. His anticipation was correct. Instead of running the route we saw on tape, they ran a go-route. Is it a mistake? Yes. Is it a mistake that could happen to a 10-year veteran? Absolutely.”

▪ Receiver DeVante Parker, whose snaps increased from one in Week 1 to 17 in Week 2, “played better,” offensive coordinator Bill Lazor said. “He’s gaining confidence and people are gaining confidence in him. I would expect him to continue to earn more playing time.”

▪ Philbin was clearly upset about the spotting of the ball before Jacksonville’s 58-yard field goal to close the first half. The Dolphins appeared short-changed by a yard or two. Philbin declined to discuss it Monday.

Barry Jackson: 305-376-3491, @flasportsbuzz

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