Tuesday, the Dolphins surprisingly waived 11-year Jabar Gaffney seven weeks after signing him to be their No. 3 receiver. The move was viewed as a sign that the Dolphins are pleased with the progress of young receivers Marlon Moore and Rishard Matthews, or that Gaffney’s recent injuries were affecting his play — a leg injury in preseason and a minor knee injury suffered two weeks ago.
But now the answer has crystallized — Gaffney cleared waivers on Wednesday, but on Thursday was suspended 2 games by the NFL. The reason for his suspension is not clear, but the few recent 2-game suspensions in the NFL have either been for detrimental conduct on the field (Ndamukong Suh and his dirty play) or for minor drug violations, like marijuana and diuretics. Gaffney can still sign with another team, but then must serve his suspension.
Gaffney signed with the Dolphins before their Week 5 game at Cincinnati, but was inactive for his first two games. He was also inactive for last Thursday night’s game at Buffalo, putting his total production with Miami at four catches for 68 yards in three games. His only big play was a 30-yard catch against the Jets.
A former star at the University of Florida, Gaffney has 447 catches for 5,690 yards and 69 touchdowns in an 11-year career with Houston, New England, Denver, Washington and Miami.
In other news, the Dolphins have also signed backup linebacker and special teams ace Jason Trusnik to a two-year contract extension worth $2.17 million, according to his agent. NFLPA records show that Trusnik, making $700,000 in base salary this year, will make $715,000 next year and $855,000 in 2014. He will also earn bonuses totaling $600,000. Trusnik, a six-year veteran who is in his second year with the Dolphins, leads the team with eight special teams tackles this year.
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