ROSTER TRIMMED

The Dolphins got down to the NFL roster limit on Tuesday by making three moves, all of which had been expected.<P>The Dolphins waived/injured rookie quarterback Josh Heupel and wide receiver LaVell Boyd and waived outright linebacker Nate Hemsley.<P>

The three moves got the Dolphins down to 68 players, three above the NFL-mandated roster limit. But Miami got roster exemptions for linebacker Paris Johnson, running back Vaughn Sanders and cornerback Deshone Mallard because they competed in NFL Europe in the spring.

Those exemptions end when the rosters have to be trimmed to the final 53 by next Sunday at 4 p.m. Eastern Time.

Heupel appeared in only one preseason game this summer, completing 4 of 8 passes in the 17-10 loss to St. Louis in the Hall of Fame Game.

The rookie sustained a sprained left wrist in that contest, an injury that killed whatever chance he had at making the roster.

While no one ever will question Heupel's knowledge of the game or his work ethic, his arm strength simply wasn't up to NFL standards. That was the reason he lasted until the sixth round of the NFL draft despite leading Oklahoma to the national championship last season.


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