Dolphins LB Dannell Ellerbe (hip) placed on IR


The Miami Dolphins took a hit to their linebacker corps during the 33-20 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Head coach Joe Philbin announced Monday the team would place Dannell Ellerbe on season-ending injured reserve after the linebacker suffered a hip injury and was forced to leave Sunday's contest.

The Dolphins' pass rush was dominant against the Patriots, but their linebackers took a beating. Philip Wheeler was scratched before the game with a thumb injury, and Koa Misi also left the game with an ankle injury and didn't return.

Ellerbe was a high-priced free agent signee of the previous administration, singing a five-year, $35 million contract in 2013. That signing is looming as another free-agent bust for the Dolphins.

Philbin announced the team would sign 26-year-old inside linebacker Kelvin Sheppard to take Ellerbe's place. Sheppard appeared in 15 games last season with the Indianapolis Colts.

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