Roth MIA to out of Miami

The precipitous decline of outside linebacker Matt Roth's status with the Miami Dolphins reached full nadir Tuesday.

RothRothThe Dolphins released Roth, the 46th overall draft choice in 2005. Roth started 14 games last year as one of Miami's better run-stoppers. He made 53 tackles, had five sacks (second to Joey Porter's AFC-leading 17.5) and forced two fumbles.

This year, however, has been an episode of the "Gong Show." He showed up to training camp and told the Dolphins he was ill. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, insisted Roth had a groin injury. The Dolphins were vexed and sent him to various specialists. There was speculation Roth and Rosenhaus were getting cute in an attempt to get a contract extension after a solid season.

The Dolphins placed Roth on the non-football injury list. Once he was cleared to practice, he suffered an ankle injury. The Dolphins activated him four games ago. He recorded one tackle in each game.

Roth not only was failing to make a noticeable impact, but the Dolphins also had other players to choose from at the position.

Porter has been dealing with hamstring and disciplinary issues, but the Dolphins acquired a pair of edge rushers over the offseason, bringing back Jason Taylor and signing Cameron Wake from the Canadian Football League.

Also Tuesday, the Dolphins as expected placed Jason Ferguson on injured reserve with a season-ending torn quadriceps and released safety Nate Ness. They signed defensive end Ikeaika Alma-Francis and cornerback Evan Oglesby.