Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that Dolphins LB Koa Misi still has not been cleared by doctors to return from the spinal fusion surgery he underwent several months ago after he suffered a neck injury early last season.
Jackson mentions that Misi saw a doctor in the past two weeks and plans to visit another before the start of training camp next month. However, his football status remains in question, as it’s hard to say if he’ll be cleared for football activities.
Even so, Misi is reportedly hopeful about being cleared and playing for the Dolphins this season.
Earlier this offseason, the Dolphins and Misi agreed to a restructured contract, which was a clear sign that they expected him to play this season. Misi reportedly received $1.15 million guaranteed as part of this new deal whether he passes a physical or not.
Misi 30, is a former second-round pick of the Dolphins back in 2010. He was in the final year of his five-year, $17.72 million contract that includes $9 million guaranteed and is set to make a base salary of $4.175 million for the 2017 season.
According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Misi would have freed up $4.2 million in available cap space while creating $578,000 in dead money.
In 2016, Misi appeared in three games and recorded 22 tackles for the Dolphins.
We’ll have more regarding Misi as the news is available.