Vince Beagle took a winding path to get back on the Miami Dolphins’ active roster this week ahead of Sunday’s home game against the Carolina Panthers.
After missing the entire 2020 season with a torn Achilles, the outside linebacker, who contributed significantly in 2019, suffered a calf injury in training camp. He was released in early September with an injury settlement, freeing him up to join another team.
But the Beagle found himself re-signing for a spot in the Dolphins’ practice squad in October and has been active for two games this season. With fellow outside linebacker Brennan Scarlett placed on injured reserve after Sunday’s win over the New York Jets, Beigel was the obvious choice to replace him on the team’s 53-man roster.
“I think the game of football is a journey and sometimes the gift is a struggle,” Beagle said on Wednesday. “It’s been quite a journey this year, and I wouldn’t want it any other way. I’m grateful to be back with a great organization like the Dolphins and help this team win the ball game.”
The Beagle was initially placed on injured reserve in August, ending his season before the start, having been on the IR with the Dolphins, but was drawn after being released with a pre-season injury settlement. After being made available to return. The only issue was that he was free to sign with another team.
The Beagles received interest from other teams, but they always had the idea of returning to the Dolphins. When he came back to find all his similar equipment in his locker, he was convinced that the team had never actually cleaned it.
“I have a great relationship with [coach Brian Flores] And a good relationship with this team — honestly, it just doesn’t matter,” Beagle said. “I really wanted to come back here, and I really love this team. My family loves it here in Miami.
“I’m just excited to be able to come back, move on from injuries and finally get out there and play football again and be able to help this team win and play with guys like [Andrew] Van Ginkel, Jalen Phillips and be able to bring energy on defense, special teams and team. ,
The Beagle said he has made a full recovery from a pre-season calf injury and 2020 Achilles tear.
“Both are 100 percent healthy,” he said. “I’ve been running around and juicing for the past six weeks on special teams, juicing up the scout team’s defenses.”
The Beagle started 10 of 15 games he played for Miami in 2019 after being acquired from the New Orleans Saints in a trade for former linebacker Kiko Alonso. He produced 59 tackles, 2 1/2 sacks, a team-leading 13 quarterback hits and one interception that year, Flores’ first with the Dolphins.
“It’s the same type of system, isn’t it?” Beigel said. “It’s not much different from what we had in 2019, so there’s a lot of similarities, a lot of similarities. It’s still a defense of the Miami Dolphins.”
The Dolphins used a maximum of two instances, a practice-team player being increased to a game-day roster without being signed to a 53-man roster (October 31 v. Bills, November 7 v. Texans). He did not play in Buffalo and saw three special teams against the Texans.
With the addition of cornerbacks Javine Howard and Byron Jones returning to full participation after an experienced rest day on Wednesday, a major change in the Dolphins’ Thursday injury report was that cornerback Trill Williams (hamstring) was downgraded from limited participation. it was done.
Dolphins hard end Adam Shaheen and defensive back Eliza Campbell were also non-participants on Thursday, even after missing Wednesday’s practice.
Safety Jevon Holland (knee/ankle) and Brandon Jones (ankle/elbow), linebacker Alandon Roberts (hip), defensive tackle Christian Wilkins (quadriceps) and cornerback Trill Williams (hamstring) were limited on Thursday.
Still listed as full participants were linebacker Jerome Baker (knee), guard Robert Jones (wrist), safety Eric Rowe (hip) and wide receiver Preston Williams (knee).
The Panthers had a John Miller (ankle) guard, who was limited for missing their Thursday session. Defensive tackle DaQuan Jones (knee), safety Miles Hartsfield (wrist) and guard Dennis Daly (glute) were all full participants.