Report: Dolphins DT Robert Nkemdiche can't run basic warmup drill after Cardinals cut him for conditioning

<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nfl/players/29263/" data-ylk="slk:Robert Nkemdiche">Robert Nkemdiche</a> apparently isn't in proper shape to run basic warmup drills. (Getty)
Robert Nkemdiche apparently isn't in proper shape to run basic warmup drills. (Getty)

The Arizona Cardinals spent a first-round pick on Mississippi’s Robert Nkemdiche in the 2016 NFL draft.

Last month, rookie head coach Kliff Kingsbury cut the defensive tackle after three seasons with the team, a year before his rookie contract expired. His offense? He wasn’t in shape.

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He’s since signed with the Miami Dolphins, where he joined the team on the active/PUP list, which means he can practice but is not on the team’s gameday roster.

Nkemdiche still struggling with fitness

Judging by a report from Thursday’s preseason pregame drills, he won’t be suiting up on gameday anytime soon.

Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that Nkemdiche couldn’t complete a basic drill that requires players to run the width of the field and back again.

Nkemdiche was a force at Ole Miss in rush and pass defense. The Cardinals hoped he’d be the same in Arizona before eventually giving up on him after he played in just 27 games in three seasons before showing up to camp out of shape.

He totaled 4.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss during his time in Arizona.

Last chance?

The Dolphins took a chance on Nkemdiche with a $1.16 million contract after the reported endorsement of his former Ole Miss teammate Laremy Tunsil.

It sounds like Tunsil vouched for the wrong guy.

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