DAVIE - The Miami Dolphins have claimed cornerback Chris Owens off Cleveland's waiver wire, adding veteran to an injury-decimated secondary.
To make room for Owens the Dolphins released cornerback Justin Rodgers, who was signed as a free agent last week, but was inactive for his one game on the roster.
Owens, who suffered a knee injury earlier this month, was placed on the Browns injured reserve on Dec. 3. He was waived injured on Tuesday, allowing any team that wants to pick up the remainder of his $1 million salary, to do so.
The Dolphins took a chance on the nickel cornerback, who had contributed 57 tackles, 2.5 sacks and forced one fumble in the 12 games he’s played this season. Owens, who played with Brent Grimes for four seasons in Atlanta, has started 14 games in his NFL career.
The former third-round pick started six games as a rookie. ProFootballFocus.com rated Owens the 40th best cornerback this season based on his 546 snaps this season.
He’s allowed 70.9 percent of the passes thrown on him to be completed, and opposing quarterbacks have a 96.5 passer rating when throwing at receivers Owens is defending.
The Dolphins need cornerback help because Grimes is nursing a groin strain, Nolan Carroll is battling a knee injury, and rookie cornerback Jamar Taylor has a hamstring injury that has limited his participation for three weeks.
Grimes didn't practice on Wednesday. Carroll and Taylor were limited.