NOTEBOOK: Dolphins Make Roster Moves

Posted Nov 30, 2011

Kicker Dan Carpenter’s improved health meant the end of veteran Shayne Graham’s short run with the Dolphins while right guard Vernon Carey’s questionable health earned practice squad guard Ray Feinga a promotion.

Miami signed Ray Feinga and defensive tackle Ryan Baker earlier today and waived kicker Shayne Graham and defensive tackle Igor Olshansky. Graham’s release clears the way for Dan Carpenter to resume his kicking duties after he missed the last two games with a groin injury. Those were the first two games he missed in his four-year career with the Dolphins.

“I was just concentrating on getting healthy and Shayne came in did a great job for us,” said Carpenter, who has made 18 of his 22 field goal attempts and all 14 of his extra points. “Shayne’s a real great guy and I was just focused on getting healthy so I could get back to playing. I didn’t really know anything when (the injury) happened. I’ve been sore before and still been able to play but we wanted to get it healthy so it wouldn’t get any worst. It’s hard to watch your team play when you’re used to being out there and helping to contribute.”

Meanwhile, Feinga will rely on last year’s experience when he was signed off of the practice squad last December in time to be active for the last three games. The 6-foot-4, 337-pound Feinga was a four-year letterman at Brigham Young University and is capable of playing guard or tackle.

Left guard Richie Incognito has practiced with Feinga every day and pointed to his versatility as one of his strengths as well as how strong he is and how good his feet are. The soft-spoken Samoan felt like he was a part of the team all along and is thankful for this chance.

“The big difference is just being able to have the opportunity to go to games and having the chance to maybe dress that day, too,” Feinga said. “Playing hard every down is my strong point and once I get a chance to go out there I’ll play my heart out and go 100 percent every play.”

That’s how Baker made his impact with the Dolphins beginning back in 2009. He has appeared in 16 games in his career and registered a half a sack and seven tackles (five solo). His versatility also was a major reason behind Miami bringing him back into the fold after releasing him before the Week 4 game at San Diego.

“As far as Igor goes we felt like we needed to make a move there so we brought Baker back,” Head Coach Tony Sparano said. “(Baker) is a guy we got a good history of and has played a lot different positions for us in there. He can help us in third down, can help us in base, can help us in some of those things so we’ll see how it goes.”

INJURY UPDATE: Carey (ankle) was the only Dolphins player that did not practice today. … Carpenter (right groin) and strong safety Yeremiah Bell (foot) were limited. … Oakland’s injury list was much more comprehensive with nine players not practicing and another six limited. Quarterback Jason Campbell (collarbone), wide receivers Jacoby Ford (foot) and Denarius Moore (foot), running backs Taiwan Jones (hamstring) and Darren McFadden (foot), kicker Sebastian Janikowski (left hamstring), linebacker Rolando McClain (ankle), defensive end Jarvis Moss (hamstring) and defensive tackle Richard Seymour (knee) all did not practice. … Defensive ends Lamarr Houston (knee) and Kamerion Wimbley (hamstring), safeties Michael Huff (ankle) and Michael Mitchell (ankle), defensive tackle Tommy Kelly (toe) and linebacker Trevor Scott (shoulder) were limited. … Cornerback Chris Johnson (hamstring/groin) practiced in full.

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