Top News: Vincent Taylor Placed On Injured Reserve

Defensive tackle Vincent Taylor's impressive second NFL season has come to an end.

Taylor was placed on injured reserve Tuesday as a result of the foot injury he sustained in the first half of the game against the Houston Texans on Thursday night.

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The 2017 sixth-round pick was one of the team's most productive defensive player while rotating at defensive tackle, with two sacks, three tackles for loss, and two blocked kicks.

Taylor became the 10th player the Dolphins have put on IR this year, joining (in alphabetical order) LB Chase Allen, C Jake Brendel, QB Luke Falk, TE MarQueis Gray, DE William Hayes, LB Mike Hull, C Daniel Kilgore, G Josh Sitton and WR Albert Wilson.

Taylor talked about the disappointing development on his Instagram account. He wrote: "Unfortunately last Thursday night I suffered an injury that will keep me out for the rest of the season. So far this year has been a journey. I wish I can be out there with my brothers competing each week doing something I love. I promise y'all I'll be back soon, BETTER THAN EVER."

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Coming back?: Brendel and Hull have been on IR the entire season, but they are eligible to play as soon as Sunday against the New York Jets after being designated for return and practicing the last two weeks. With teams having a maximum of two players who can return from IR, that means the other eight players are done for the season.

Roster openings: Perhaps not coincidentally, the Dolphins created two roster openings Monday when they waived safety Maurice Smith and defensive tackle Jamiyus Pittman. Smith, who earned a roster spot as a rookie free agent out of Georgia last year, appeared in five games for the Dolphins this season. Pittman, a rookie free agent from Central Florida, appeared in the Dolphins' past three games after being promoted from the practice squad.

Seeing the lights: Representatives from the Dolphins, power management company Eaton, the Broward County School District and South Plantation High School, officially flipped the switch Saturday night, turning on the new state-of-the-art Ephesus LED sports lighting and control system awarded to South Plantation High School's Paladin Stadium as winners of the community programming initiative "Light Like the Pros." The capabilities of the system were demonstrated for the crowd during a halftime ceremony of the South Plantation versus Plantation annual rivalry game, featuring Twan Russell of the Dolphins, Laurie Green representing Ephesus Lighting and NGU Sports Lighting and Christine Henschel from South Plantation HS. After sending the stadium into complete darkness, with the push of a button, fans were treated to an electrifying light show more familiar to the fans at Hard Rock Stadium than a high school football venue.

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