Chris Jones, a defensive tackle for the New England Patriots, reportedly played Super Bowl 49 on a torn calf.
He hasn’t played since.
Now healthy after a year on the physically unable to perform list, Jones has a chance to play against an old divisional foe.
The Dolphins claimed the run-stopper off waivers Monday, assuming the final year of his rookie contract. Jones is owed $1.7 million this year -- if he makes the team. His contract is not guaranteed. So this is a no-risk move for Miami, which looked to bolster depth in its interior line.
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Jones, a former sixth-round pick of the Texans, will join Ndamukong Suh, Earl Mitchell, Jordan Phillips and others on a defensive front that didn’t live up to expectations a year ago.
Jones began the 2015 season on the PUP list, and then practiced for three weeks mid-year before the Patriots shut him down for good. New England cut him on Friday. Jones started 23 of 28 games for the Patriots, but ultimately became expendable.
The Patriots are famous for poaching players from the Dolphins’ discard pile, most notably Wes Welker and Rob Ninkovich. On Monday, the Dolphins, who have the eighth pick in the waiver system, returned the favor.
Should Jones earn a roster spot, his Week 2 return to Gillette Stadium will surely be a strange one. He and his wife Angela were wed at the stadium’s 50-yard line on New Year’s Day, 2014.