The Dolphins have until 4 p.m. on Sunday to get down to the 53-man roster limit, but they got a head start on Friday by making seven roster moves. The most notable of those involved fullback Sedrick Irvin and rookie linebacker Eddie Moore.

The seven moves left the Dolphins with 67 players on the active roster, meaning they have 14 more moves to make before Sunday's 4 p.m. deadline.

Irvin was one of six players who were waived, the others being defensive tackle Maurice Anderson, defensive end Corey Callens, defensive tackle Damonte McKenzie, quarterback Lon Sheriff, punter Kevin Stemke.

Irvin, the former fourth-round pick of the Detroit Lions, had been battling Obafemi Ayanbadejo for the backup fullback job, but it was pretty clear even before last night's game that Irvin was fighting a losing battle.

The other moves weren't surprising, either, especially after Stemke had a horrible night at the Superdome. His only shot of beating out veteran Mark Royals was to have a great night and have Royals struggle, but it didn't come close to happening.

As for Moore, the Dolphins' top pick in the 2003 draft was placed on injured reserve. The move had been expected after Moore sustained a foot injury in the preseason opener against Tampa Bay.

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