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Earl Mitchell | Defensive Lineman | #90

Team: Miami Dolphins
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/25/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 310
College: Arizona
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 3 (81) / HOU
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Dolphins activated DT Earl Mitchell (calf) from injured reserve.
Mitchell is expected to play Sunday against San Diego but won't start. He's missed the last seven games with a calf injury. The Dolphins have allowed the third-most rushing yards per game this season and Mitchell should help them improve in that area. Nov 10 - 2:19 PM

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Dolphins DT Earl Mitchell (I.R., calf) returned to practice Monday.

Mitchell is the Dolphins' designated-for-return player but isn't eligible to play in a game until Week 10. The coaching staff had called out DT Jordan Phillips in recent weeks. They need Mitchell back in the lineup to stop the run.
Nov 2 - 9:44 AM

The Dolphins expect DT Earl Mitchell (calf, injured reserve) back in two weeks.

It would mean Mitchell missed the minimum amount of time on injured reserve. Coach Adam Gase expects Mitchell to help all along the defensive line. After bottoming out in Weeks 4 and 5, the Dolphins are getting healthier and better.
Oct 24 - 1:14 PM

Dolphins placed DT Earl Mitchell on injured reserve with a calf injury.

Mitchell has to miss at least eight games, but NFL Network's Mike Garofolo reports he's a candidate for return. Mitchell was slowed by his calf for much of August, but it's still a surprise after coach Adam Gase labeled Mitchell "week to week" on Monday. Jordan Phillips will now be relied on for a much bigger role.
Sep 13 - 4:24 PM

Dolphins DT Earl Mitchell (calf) is week to week.

Mitchell seems likely to miss Week 2. Jordan Phillips will see the biggest increase in snaps in his absence.
Sep 12 - 2:35 PM

Dolphins DT Earl Mitchell left Week 1 against Seattle with a calf injury.

It's a concern after he missed most of the preseason with a calf issue. Mitchell's return is listed as questionable. Jordan Phillips replaced him on the interior.
Sep 11 - 5:27 PM

Dolphins DT Earl Mitchell has been running ahead of Jordan Phillips in camp.

A 2015 second-rounder, Phillips is undoubtedly the Dolphins' preferred choice for the job, but he simply hasn't been good enough. It's still possible Mitchell and Phillips eventually settle into a rotation opposite Ndamukong Suh.
Aug 4 - 7:43 PM

Dolphins DTs Earl Mitchell and Jordan Phillips are competing for a starting job.

Neither is a particularly appealing option. Mitchell spent much of 2015 sidelined by back and calf injuries, while Phillips struggled mightily as a rookie. Phillips has the higher ceiling but Mitchell has more experience and will probably enter camp as the favorite to start alongside Ndamukong Suh.
Jun 13 - 10:59 AM

ESPN Dolphins reporter James Walker reports DT Earl Mitchell could be a cap cut.

Signed to a four-year, $16 million contract prior to the 2014 season, Mitchell has recorded two sacks and 55 tackles in 28 games with the Dolphins. He battled back and calf injuries last season and never settled in next to Ndamukong Suh. Miami can save $2.5 million against the cap by releasing Mitchell.
Source: ESPN
Feb 13 - 1:05 PM

Dolphins signed DT Earl Mitchell to a four-year, $16 million contract.

The deal includes $9 million guaranteed. Mitchell, 26, started 14 games last season, racking up 48 tackles and 1.5 sacks. As an ideal one-gap 4-3 player, he was widely considered one of the top "sleepers" in free agency. The Dolphins outbid the Chargers to land Mitchell.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 04:28:00 PM

The Union-Tribune San Diego confirms the Chargers are "very much in the mix" for free agent DT Earl Mitchell, but that the Dolphins are his most-likely suitor.

Mitchell would be a much better fit for Miami's 4-3 than San Diego's 3-4, so if the Dolphins' offer is better by even a few dollars, it would be a no-brainer. Mitchell appears likely to come off the market before Tuesday is through.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 02:05:00 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins are "definitely in the mix" for free agent DT Earl Mitchell.

The Fins are a better fit for Mitchell's skill set than the Chargers, who are also rumored to be in the bidding. San Diego runs a two-gap 3-4 defense. Mitchell is a one-gap player. He would play "three" or "one" technique tackle in Miami.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 09:26:00 AM

The Union-Tribune San Diego reports the Chargers are expected to express interest in free agent NT Earl Mitchell.

Mitchell has already been linked to several teams and is shaping up to be a hot commodity. The 26-year-old was a poor fit in Houston's 3-4. The Chargers also run a 3-4. Mitchell would be best served to play three-technique on his next club. San Diego is looking for its fourth starting nose tackle in four years.
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 07:39:00 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins are expected to let free agent DTs Paul Soliai and Randy Starks walk, and are interested in free agent Earl Mitchell as a potential replacement.

Mitchell has also been connected to the Bears. Appearing on ESPN last month, ex-Bucs GM Mark Dominik labeled Mitchell one of the top sleepers of free agency. A fifth-year former third-round pick, Mitchell started 14 games last season, playing 553 snaps. Mitchell would do well to depart Houston's 3-4 scheme for a 4-3.
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 02:48:00 PM

The Chicago Tribune believes the Bears could show interest in free agent NT Earl Mitchell.

Mitchell would be a strong fit for the Bears' 4-3 scheme if they fail to re-sign Henry Melton. The Texans have expressed interest in bringing Mitchell back, but he appears set to test the market. Ex-Bucs GM Mark Dominik considers Mitchell one of the top sleepers of free agency.
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 03:14:00 PM

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