Dolphins sign Langford after cutting Gabe Wright following altercation during practice

Journeyman defensive lineman reportedly threw elbow at running back Kenyan Drake

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor
Associated Press

Defensive tackle Gabe Wright was waived by the Miami Dolphins.

DAVIE, Fla. - The Miami Dolphins have parted ways with defensive tackle Gabe Wright one day after a reported altercation during practice. 

Wright was waived by the team Tuesday, the Dolphins said in a news release.

The team brought back Kendall Langford to fill Wright's roster spot.

Langford played with the Dolphins from 2008-2011.

According to multiple reports, Wright threw an elbow at running back Kenyan Drake during Monday's practice. It was one of several fights that day.

Defensive coordinator Matt Burke didn't directly address the fight with reporters Monday, but he said the energy during practice seemed "misplaced."

"Just coming out here, being a jackass and running around, that doesn't help us either," Burke said.

Wright joined the team last September as a member of the practice squad and was promoted to the active roster in December.

He played in one game for the Dolphins last season, recording one solo tackle and defending a pass in a 22-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills on New Year's Eve.

Drake called the scuffle with Wright a "misunderstanding" and said he was surprised that the team released him.

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Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake celebrates a touchdown during a game against the New York Jets at Hard Rock Stadium on Nov. 6, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida.

"But that's not a decision I have to make," Drake said. "That's a decision that the head man and everybody else upstairs has to make. It was really out of my hands."

The journeyman defensive lineman was a fourth-round pick by the Detroit Lions in the 2015 NFL draft. He has also spent time with the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles.

"It was time for us to move on," head coach Adam Gase told reporters Tuesday. "I don't really think I need to get into more detail than that. It's part of the NFL."

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