KELLY CUT

So much for Ben Kelly becoming an important part of the Dolphins secondary.<P>The Dolphins waived the second-year cornerback on Thursday, four days after he struggled in Miami's 24-20 victory at Seattle.<P>

Kelly appeared to be the culprit when Seahawks wide receiver Darrell Jackson got free in the back of the end zone to catch a touchdown pass from Matt Hasselbeck and also was beaten deep on a key fourth-quarter third-down pass that, fortunately for the Dolphins, was dropped by Bobby Engram.

After being one of the stars of training camp, Kelly appeared to be in line for significant playing time once the regular season started, but Coach Dave Wannstedt chose instead to go with first-round pick Jamar Fletcher.

Kelly wound up being active for only two of the first six games, and he was credited with one tackle.

There also have been reports that Kelly's attitude was visibly affected by his being relegated to inactive duty on a regular basis.

A third-round pick in 2000, Kelly really struggled at cornerback last year before being injured early in the season during a kickoff return.

He looked much better in training camp and the preseason this summer, but clearly stood behind Fletcher and veteran Terry Cousin on the depth chart behind starters Sam Madison and Patrick Surtain.


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