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Crawford’s gone fishing again

Steve Yingling

Mike Crawford doesn’t mind being on the yo-yo string that reflects life for a rookie in the National Football League.

The 1992 Whittell High graduate was reinstated to the Miami Dolphins 53-player active roster Monday after three weeks on the practice squad.

“I’m excited. I was hoping this was going to be coming soon. I’m just happy to being playing football because I know a lot of guys who are out of football right now,” said the 6-foot 1-inch middle linebacker.

“There’s really not that big of difference between the practice squad and (being active). I was still doing everything like before, but obviously it’s a lot better situation being back on the roster and getting to play in games. It’ll be kind of like getting a reward for working all week in practice.”

In addition to playing on Sundays, Crawford will restart his three-year, $550,000 contract. As a member of the Dolphins practice squad, Crawford was receiving $3,500 per week. He’ll earn approximately $10,500 per week now.

Miami needed to fill a linebacker spot after rookie Ronnie Ward broke a bone in his lower left leg during practice Sept. 26. Ward isn’t expected to return this season.

While informing Crawford of his promotion on Monday, Miami coach Jimmy Johnson gave the 1995-96 All-Big West linebacker a pep talk.

“He just said you need to step up on special teams and you need to go out there and fly around. He told me my linebacker play has been good, but I need to make plays on special teams, and I agree,” Crawford said.

Crawford learned on Monday that he’ll play on the kickoff return and punt coverage teams against Kansas City on Sunday. He also could be inserted on the kickoff coverage and punt return squads when those teams are revealed Wednesday.

Also Monday, the Dolphins waived offensive tackle Andre Johnson. Johnson was claimed off waivers from the Washington Redskins earlier this year, but didn’t play in any of the first four games.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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