The Dolphins brought back a familiar on Monday, signing veteran punter Matt Turk to replace the struggling Mark Royals.

The move didn't come as a major shock after Royals struggled in the first three weeks of the season. Royals, who was released on Monday, had a pretty good game in Week 2 against the Jets, but he had too many bad punts in the opener against Houston and in the Sunday night victory over Buffalo.

Turk had been out of work since being released in the offseason by the New York Jets. He's coming off a season during which he had a career-low 41-yard average.

Turk punted for the Dolphins in 2000 and 2001, and his 37.6 net average in 2001 ranked second in the NFL.

Turk was one of five punters who were given tryouts last week, as it became evident the Dolphins were looking to make a move at the position.

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