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Dolphins sign multiple veterans to supplement depleted edge defender group; Tuesday injury report

With the Miami Dolphins’ top three edge rushers sidelined, the team will look to a number of veterans for depth heading into Saturday night’s playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Dolphins signed former All-Pro Justin Houston and fellow seasoned edge defender Bruce Irvin onto the active roster. They are also signing Malik Reed to the practice squad, according to a league source.

The additions provide extra pass rushers to a Dolphins unit that has been devastated by injuries with Jaelan Phillips (Achilles), Bradley Chubb (knee) and Andrew Van Ginkel (foot) out for the season. Beyond that, further depth was lost in outside linebacker Cameron Goode tearing his patella in Sunday’s loss to the Buffalo Bills. Goode was also a core special teamer.

Van Ginkel and Goode, along with inside linebacker Jerome Baker, were placed on injured reserve Tuesday, ending their seasons.

“We’ll investigate a ton of different scenarios, which is what you do when you kind of have a run on injuries at a certain position,” Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel said Monday amid the attrition at edge defender before Tuesday’s moves. “There’s a lot of guys we’re discussing and we’ll iron that out here in the next quick future.”

The Dolphins are likely to start fellow veterans Melvin Ingram and Emmanuel Ogbah as Ogbah is in his fourth season with the team and Ingram, after being with Miami all 2022, was brought back in December. Houston and Irvin can rotate in within days of joining the roster, depending on how acclimated they get before Saturday. Ingram is still on the team’s practice squad, but he can either be elevated for postseason games or given a spot on the 53-man roster. There is one still open after Tuesday’s movement.

Houston, who turns 35 on Jan. 21, is a 13-year pro who has one All-Pro season (2014), four Pro Bowls (2012-15) and 112 sacks to his name. He led the NFL with 22 sacks in 2014. It was half a sack behind the record of 22 1/2 set by Michael Strahan in 2001 and matched by T.J. Watt in 2021.

Houston, in facing the Chiefs for Saturday’s wild-card round game, will get a chance to go against the franchise that drafted him in 2011 and with which he played eight seasons for 78 1/2 of his sacks, notching all four of his Pro Bowls. He was still productive just last season, collecting 9 1/2 sacks with the Baltimore Ravens. Houston was a free agent heading into this postseason after his release from the Carolina Panthers on Dec. 19.

Irvin, 36, has 56 1/2 career sacks since entering the league in 2012 with the Seattle Seahawks and being a valued member of their “Legion of Boom” defenses from about a decade ago, winning the Super Bowl in 2013.

Irvin was available after he and the Detroit Lions agreed to mutually part ways last week following his stint on their practice squad that involved three elevations for late-season games.

Reed signed with the Dolphins this past offseason and spent training camp with the team before he didn’t make the roster. He was with the Las Vegas Raiders in 2023 until they waived him Dec. 21. Reed has also been under defensive coordinator Vic Fangio from a stint with the Denver Broncos.

Another outside option for Miami would’ve involved a reunion with Jason Pierre-Paul, who was waived in December weeks after joining the team.

Baker, in his first game back from IR for a knee injury, hurt his wrist Sunday against Buffalo and is out for the postseason run.

Miami will likely lean on Duke Riley in his place alongside David Long Jr. Calvin Munson and Channing Tindall are available reserves already on the roster if either go down in Kansas City.

Injury report

Although the Dolphins didn’t practice Tuesday, the team released a league-mandated injury report based on an estimation of player participation had the team practiced.

Cornerback Xavien Howard, whom McDaniel said Monday is not expected to play against the Chiefs due to his foot ailment, was listed as a non-participant, along with safeties Jevon Holland (knees) and DeShon Elliott (calf). Left tackle Terron Armstead (knee/ankle/back) was also estimated as a non-participant.

It’s a good sign that running back Raheem Mostert (knee/ankle) and wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (ankle) were listed as limited to start the week.

Wide receiver Tyreek Hill is now nursing a quadriceps injury in addition to the ailing ankle. He was also deemed limited, along with cornerback Jalen Ramsey (knee), running back De’Von Achane (toe/ribs) and center Liam Eichenberg (calf/ankle).

The Chiefs did hold practice Tuesday. They had tackle Wanya Morris (concussion) and wide receiver Justyn Ross (hamstring) miss drills. Kansas City had three players limited: tackle Donovan Smith (neck), cornerback L’Jarius Sneed (calf) and cornerback Kadarius Toney (hip/ankle).