NFL Notes: Dolphins Reach Out to Jay Cutler With Ryan Tannehill Hurt

MIAMI -- Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase says he has reached out to free agent quarterback Jay Cutler, who showed interest in signing with the team.

But Gase says he doesn't think the Dolphins are close yet to signing a quarterback in the wake of starter Ryan Tannehill's left knee injury, which could sideline him for the entire season.

Gase said Saturday he'd like to determine Tannehill's status before bringing in another quarterback. Cutler would likely compete with Miami backup Matt Moore for the starting job while Tannehill is out.

Tannehill, who missed the final four games of last season with two sprained ligaments in his left knee, reinjured it a week into training camp Thursday. An MRI was inconclusive, and the Dolphins are consulting with specialists to determine whether surgery is necessary (see full story).

49ers: LB Smith injured in practice
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers are concerned linebacker Malcolm Smith, one of the team's most coveted additions in free agency, might have suffered a significant injury Saturday during practice inside Levi's Stadium.

Smith, 28, left the field during full-team drills with an apparent upper body injury after working with the starters throughout training camp next to All-Pro NaVorro Bowman in the new-look defense.

Smith, the MVP of Seattle's Super Bowl-winning team in the 2013 season, was brought in by San Francisco on a five-year contract in March. He rejoined new coordinator Robert Saleh, who was an assistant on that Seahawks team. Smith was expected to help transition to the new 4-3 scheme that's similar to what he ran with Seattle.

If Smith is sidelined, it may expedite first-round pick Reuben Foster's insertion into the starting lineup. Foster, 23, fell to the 31st selection in the NFL draft after he was widely expected to be a top-10 pick (see full story).

Jets: WR Ellington waived after failed physical
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Jets have waived wide receiver Bruce Ellington after he failed his physical, a day after they claimed him off waivers from San Francisco.

The team also has announced on Saturday night that it has signed fullback Algernon Brown.

Ellington, a fourth-round draft pick by San Francisco in 2014, spent last season on injured reserve with a hamstring injury after being hurt in the preseason. He has 19 catches for 215 yards and two touchdowns in 13 NFL games.

Brown was signed by Seattle in May as an undrafted free agent out of BYU. He was waived by the Seahawks last Saturday (see full story).

Cardinals: Rookie Logan dislocates wrist, out 12 weeks
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Rookie T.J. Logan, a speedster who had been expected to return kicks and punts for the Arizona Cardinals, fractured his wrist in Thursday night's Hall of Fame Game against Dallas.

Coach Bruce Arians said Saturday that Logan will undergo surgery and is expected to be sidelined for 12 weeks.

It's a blow to the Cardinals, who had been impressed with Logan's electric returns in the game and in workouts.

He was a fifth-round draft pick out of North Carolina. If he can return in 12 weeks, that would be the team's bye week following Arizona's game against the Los Angeles Rams in London. So there's a chance he could be back for the Nov. 5 game at San Francisco.

In the meantime, Arians said several players will audition for kick and punt return duties (see full story).

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