It appears the Miami Dolphins have begun trimming its training camp roster a few days early.
The team cut offensive guards Jeff Braun and Chandler Burden, defensive tackle Chris Burnette, linebacker Alonzo Highsmith, receiver Kenny Stafford, trimming the roster to 84.
"The Miami Dolphins organization is a class act. Thankful I was given a shot, but this business is a tough one for sure. On to the next," Braun tweeted from his account.
Miami, which plays the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday in the dress rehearsal for the regular season, plans to play the starters a couple snaps into the second half of the team's fourth exhibition game. That means fringe players on the team's 90 player training camp roster will have a limited role before next Thursday night's exhibition season finale against the New Orleans Saints, which will feature mostly backups and fringe players.
Every NFL team must trim its training camp roster down to 75 players by Tuesday evening, and every team must trim its roster to 53 by Saturday evening.
The Dolphins have typically gotten a head start on the release dates since head coach Joe Philbin joined the organization, only carrying what's necessary to make it through practice and the games.
The Dolphins have nine more players to cut before Tuesday.
A few other Dolphins players who could have their days in South Florida numbered: quarterback Aaron Corp; receivers Julius Pruitt, Andrell Smith and Keenan Davis; offensive linemen Chris Barker, Andrew McDonald and Jeff Adams; defensive linemen Emeka Onyenekwu, Tristan Okpalaugo, Antwan Applewhite and Tracy Robertson; linebackers Michael Clay, David Hinds and Nathan Williams; and defensive backs De'Andre Presley, R.J. Stanford, Julian Posey, Keelan Johnson and Jordan Kovacs.
All of the above players should be viewed as long shots to make the Dolphins' 53-man roster, but some might get placed on the team's eight player practice squad next week.
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