Waiving injured linebacker Chase Winovich, the Dolphins sign a new player.

Waiving injured linebacker Chase Winovich, the Dolphins sign a new player.

Quinton Bell, a linebacker who played receiver for his first three collegiate seasons, was signed by the Dolphins. Bell was a former Prairie View A&M standout.

This week’s release of linebacker Chase Winovich following an injury settlement hurt the Miami Dolphins, who have a troublesome position overall.

Winovich, a member of Miami’s practice squad, was called up to the starting lineup three times this season, primarily for special teams.
His outside linebacker position helped relieve some of Jaelan Phillps’ absences as he has missed three games due to a back and torso injury.

 

Although the exact nature of Winovich’s injury is unknown, the amount of his settlement is probably going to take into consideration the number of games he would have missed due to the injury. If he gets well again, he might decide to re-sign with Miami’s practice squad, but his ineligibility for practice squad promotions may count against him.

Winovich was replaced on the Dolphins’ 16-man developmental squad by former Prairie View A&M standout Quinton Bell.

 

The Oakland Raiders selected Bell in the seventh round of the 2019 draft. Bell has also been on the practice squads of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2020), Atlanta Falcons (2021–2022), and Raiders (2021–2022).
Despite spending training camp with the Philadelphia Eagles, this week’s opponent, he has yet to be added to a 53-man roster or practice squad.

Interesting enough, Bell spent three seasons at Prairie View A&M as a receiver before switching to defense as a senior to increase his chances of making the NFL.

He led PVAMU with 7.5 (46 total tackles, 10 for loss) and was named to the second team of the SWAC in 2018.
He started nine out of ten games in 2018 while playing defensive end.
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Bell has made eight appearances in the NFL, primarily on special teams, and has recorded three tackles.
He will probably be used on kickoff and punt coverage units if he plays for the Dolphins.

A void will probably need to be filled there by the Dolphins since rookie tailback Chris Brooks, who was a member of Miami’s coverage unit, sprained his ankle during Sunday’s 42-21 victory over the Carolina Panthers.
It’s probable that Brooks’ injury will cause him to miss a few games.

 

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