Dolphins release Roth, sign two players, put Ferguson on IR

DAVIE, Fla. -- Linebacker Matt Roth was released Tuesday by the Miami Dolphins, a move that came one week after coach Tony Sparano lauded the player's work off the bench.

The Dolphins also signed cornerback Evan Oglesby and defensive end Ikaika Alma-Francis. Defensive tackle Jason Ferguson was placed on injured reserve with a season-ending leg injury, and safety Nate Ness was released.

Ferguson was injured during last week's victory over the Carolina Panthers.

Roth missed training camp and the season's first five games with a groin injury, then compiled four tackles in Miami's last four games. Still, Sparano said Roth was "really impressive" during a 25-23 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Nov. 15.

Roth had his best season last year, moving from end to linebacker. He since lost his starting role to Jason Taylor.

Oglesby has spent time with the Baltimore Ravens and Dallas Cowboys. Alma-Francis was a second-round pick by the Detroit Lions in 2007.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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