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Lance Louis cut by Miami Dolphins in unexpected move

The Miami Dolphins reached their 75-man roster limit Tuesday by parting ways with one player we assumed was safe.

Offensive guard Lance Louis had his contract terminated five months after signing a one-year, $1.6 million deal in March, the team announced. The Dolphins also released fullback Jorvorskie Lane.

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The release of Louis, 28, is a good indication the team wasn't excited about his return from major knee surgery. He made his preseason debut against the Houston Texans on Aug. 17 and was slated to challenge John Jerry for the lead role at right guard after starting 28 games for the Chicago Bears over the past three seasons. Instead, Louis struggled to keep pace this summer with undrafted rookie Josh Samuda.

It's a money-saver for the Dolphins but strips the team of one of its more versatile linemen. There's a chance Miami will bring Louis back at a reduced rate. If the Dolphins don't, expect them to scan the waiver wire for additional help.

Both Samuda and offensive tackle Nate Garner have a better chance of making this roster, which wasn't the plan when Miami lured Louis to South Beach in the first place.

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