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Dolphins Hopeful To See More Of Misi

Posted Mar 30, 2017

Misi, who started 72 of the 84 games he has played for the Dolphins is looking to return after he missed 13 games last season with a neck injury.

The future of linebacker Koa Misi was considered somewhat up in the air after he missed 13 games last season with a neck injury, but he’ll be back in 2017 after restructuring his contract and Head Coach Adam Gase is hopeful Misi can contribute on defense.

Misi has started 72 of the 84 games he has played for the Dolphins since joining the team as a second-round pick in 2010, and he’ll be looking to keep a starting job on a linebacking corps that features Kiko Alonso and free agent acquisition Lawrence Timmons.

“If he’s healthy and he’s able to contribute for us, it’s a big plus for us because he is a good player,” Gase said. “The fact that a guy wants to be here and we’re going to give him an opportunity to compete for a spot, I don’t see any harm in that. He’s a guy I like being around. That’s why he’s back.”

Gase said the return of Misi didn’t mean the Dolphins were done looking for help at linebacker.

“We’re always looking to compete or get better, bring the best guys we can possibly bring in at every position to try … you want to create competition,” Gase said. “You don’t want anybody to feel like, oh, I’m good. Most professional athletes, they want to feel like there’s always someone kind of coming up behind them. It’s just kind of like that adrenaline rush knowing I gotta keep getting better.

“I don’t have to worry about (Misi) competing in practice. I don’t have to worry about him trying to get better. He just wants that opportunity. He stays healthy, he’ll make the most of it.”