The Dolphins replaced linebacker Derrick Rodgers on the active roster with a former Buffalo Bills draft pick who was the top pass rusher in college football in 1999.<P>Corey Moore, who had 17 sacks for Virginia Tech two years ago, was signed to the active roster after Rodgers was placed on injured reserve because of the shoulder injury he sustained in last Saturday's loss at New England.<P>

Moore was a defensive end in college but had to be switched to outside linebacker in the NFL because he stands only 5-11, 225 pounds.

Even at that size, Moore pretty much is limited to being a pass-rushing specialist and playing special teams.

But that's what the Dolphins were looking for as they filled one of their two open spots on the active roster.

"He was a great pass rusher at Virginia Tech and is a good special teams player," said Coach Dave Wannstedt. "That's where we're looking at him now. That's an area where we can use some immediate help."

Moore, a third-round pick of the Bills in 2000, started four games as a rookie and finished the season with 20 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery.

He had a troublesome offseason. He was charged with aggravated assault after allegedly being involved in a bar fight. The charge was later dropped, but Moore was shot in the leg while driving his car in early June. Moore also didn't endear himself to new Bills coach Gregg Williams when he failed to show up at a voluntary minicamp.

The Bills released Moore on Aug. 22 and he was claimed off waivers by Cincinnati. But Moore never played for the Bengals, who released him on Sept. 2.

The Dolphins said they weren't concerned about Moore's off-the-field problems.

"We have discussed it," Coach Dave Wannstedt said. "It wasn't something that put an end to his tenure in Buffalo. He had the incident in the summer and was back in Buffalo during training camp. After talking to him ad the agent, we were comfortable it was an incident that was behind him. We'll bring him in, give him an opportunity and see how he responds."

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