Traylor in trouble?

The status of veteran defensive tackle Keith Traylor appeared up in the air earlier in the offseason when the Dolphins tried -- unsuccessfully -- to land free agents like Sam Adams, Ron Edwards and Justin Bannan, so one has to wonder whether his weekend arrest in Oklahoma will cost him a roster spot in Miami.

Traylor was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of a controlled substance, and a charge of injuring a public building was tacked on after Traylor allegedly ripped off the cover of a smoke alarm while being detained.

Traylor, who was at the Dolphins' training facility for the start of OTA days on Monday after posting bond, is due back in court in July.

"The type of behavior that allegedly took place is disappointing, it is out of character for Keith and something we don't condone as an organization," Coach Nick Saban said in a statement. "It is important that our players understand the responsibility they have in representing themselves, their family, their teammates, this organization and our fans in a first-class manner.

"However, since we just learned about this specific situation, we will withhold further comment until we gather additional information."

Ironically, Traylor indicated last December he doubted he would be back with the Dolphins for a second season. In 2005, Traylor did a solid job against the run playing mostly on first and second downn, but he also wore down and underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in December.

That, and the face he's 36 years old, led to the belief the Dolphins were looking for a replacement, hence the pursuit of Adams, Edwards and Bannan.

The Dolphins also drafted two defensive tackles, Fred Evans and Rodrique Wright, to go along with the two they drafted last year -- Kevin Vickerson and Manuel Wright.

Furthermore, Saban indicated the one player he really wanted in this year's draft was Oregon defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, like Traylor a big run stuffer.

Among remaining available free agents the Dolphins could bring in to replace Traylor, if that's the direction Saban chooses, is former St. Louis and Green Bay defensive tackle Grady Jackson.

Whether Traylor's arrest proves to be a final motive to get a replacement for him is uncertain, but it probably didn't help his cause.


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