Perry among cuts

Ed Perry had been with the Dolphins as long as anybody on the Dolphins except for Zach Thomas and his place on the roster appeared safe because he's been such a reliable long-snapper. So it came as a major surprise Tuesday that Perry was among the nine players released as the Dolphins got closer to the league-mandated roster limit.

Technically, Perry wasn't released but rather had his contract terminated. That also applied to cornerback Ray Green, who had been signed a couple of weeks ago.

The seven players waived included QB Brock Berlin, WR Josh Davis, RB Kay-Jay Harris, LB Corey Jenkins, CB Billy Parker, DE Chris Solomona and T Orrin Thompson.

In addition, the Dolphins placed WR Kendall Newson on injured reserve, CB Will Poole on reserve/PUP, and CB Shirdonya Mitchell on reserve/non-football injury.

Those moves mean Newson and Mitchell are done for the season, while Poole will be eligible to come after the sixth week of the regular season.

The moves left the Dolphins with 77 players, but the team has 10 NFL Europe roster exemptions. That means the team still has two moves to make before the 4 p.m. deadline.

"Ed Perry has done a good job for this organization for a long, long time," Saban said. "I have a lot of respect for him as a player and as a person. But from a business standpoint, it always makes sense to go with the younger guy."

The release of Perry came as a surprise not only to members of the media, but to Dolphins players as well.

"Nobody is ever a lock," said tight end Randy McMichael. "Pretty much everybody in Miami thought Ed Perry was a lock to be the long-snapper."

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