Top News: Taylor Honored, My Cause My Cleats & More

Longtime Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor will be honored at halftime of the game against the Denver Broncos at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday.

Taylor will be presented with his Hall of Fame ring, a little less than four months before he became the 10th member of the Dolphins organization to be inducted in Canton.

Taylor, whose 15-year NFL career included three stints (1997-2007, 2009, 2011) with the Dolphins that totaled 13 seasons, was elected to the Hall of Fame last February in his first year of eligibility.

Longtime Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor will be honored at halftime of the game against the Denver Broncos at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday.

Taylor will be presented with his Hall of Fame ring, a little less than four months before he became the 10th member of the Dolphins organization to be inducted in Canton.

Taylor, whose 15-year NFL career included three stints (1997-2007, 2009, 2011) with the Dolphins that totaled 13 seasons, was elected to the Hall of Fame last February in his first year of eligibility.

Hayes implications: Now that defensive end William Hayes has been placed on injured reserve, the question with him turns to 2018. The veteran, who the Dolphins acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Rams in the offseason, is set to become an unrestricted free agent next spring. In his 10 games with the Dolphins, Hayes impressed with his run-stopping ability. This will mark the third time in Hayes’ 10-year NFL career he has played fewer than 14 games in a season. Even after the move Tuesday, the Dolphins still have four defensive ends on their active roster: Cameron Wake, Andre Branch, Terrence Fede and rookie first-round pick Charles Harris.

*Backfield banter: *The Dolphins did not make another move when they put Hayes on injured reserve, leaving them with 52 players on the active roster. There’s certainly a possibility that open roster spot will be used for a running back, given that both Damien Williams and Senorise Perry left the game against the New England Patriots because of injuries. Their availability for the game against Denver on Sunday no doubt will play a large role in what the Dolphins do with the extra roster spot. Remember that the practice squad includes running back De’Veon Smith, who was promoted to the active roster for the Tampa Bay game Nov. 19 after Perry missed practice time that week with a knee injury. Smith was inactive for the Tampa Bay game, was waived and re-signed to the practice squad.

Cleats for a cause: Tackle Sam Young will be among the many Dolphins players taking part Sunday in the NFL’s My Cause, My Cleats campaign. For the second year, the NFL is allowing players to wear cleats for one designated week designed to bring attention to a cause or organization close to their heart. For Young, that cause is the Dolphins Cancer Challenge. “I got here last year, it was an event that became one that I attended and I got to learn more about,” said Young, who played his high school football at powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale. “I’ve had family, friends, loved ones, you name it, I think everyone has been affected by cancer one way or another. Especially being local and the proceeds going to UM, Sylvester (Comprehensive Cancer Center) and helping local families and their battle with cancer, it was a natural fit for me and something I really wanted to support.” Along with Young, Dolphins players expected to wear special cleats Sunday include Walt Aikens, Isaac Asiata, Andre Branch, Jake Brendel, Leonte Carroo, Jesse Davis, John Denney, Thomas Duarte, Terrence Fede, Jakeem Grant, MarQueis Gray, Bobby McCain, Mike Pouncey, Kenny Stills, Ndamukong Suh, Julius Thomas, Michael Thomas, Alterraun Verner and Cameron Wake. “I think it’s a great idea,” Young said. “Everyone has got something that they want to help out with, they want to bring light to or support in one way or another. And I think this is a great way for guys to do this, for everyone to express themselves in that manner.”

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry (14) is tackled by Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris (25) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

Broadcast news: Dick Stockton (play-by-play), Mark Schlereth (color analysis) and Shannon Spake (sideline) will call the action for FOX when the Dolphins face the Broncos on Sunday. The game was cross-flexed from CBS to FOX to accommodate the television schedule.

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