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Dolphins LB Koi Misi Still Not Cleared for Football Activities After Surgery

Several months after undergoing spinal fusion surgery in the wake of a neck injury early last season, Dolphins linebacker Koa Misi still has not been cleared by doctors to return to football activities, leaving his football status in question, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

Misi saw a doctor in the past two weeks and plans to see one again before the start of camp in late July, according to a source. He remains hopeful about being cleared to play this season, but it’s impossible for anyone to know when he will be cleared.

Misi, 30, originally hoped to be cleared for football activities in May, but that did not happen and he was not on the field during the team’s offseason program that ended last week.

Doctors, following this type of procedure, do not clear professional athletes to return until pain and symptoms have subsided.

Peyton Manning underwent the same procedure earlier this decade and rebounded to play several years, leading the Broncos to a Super Bowl victory before retiring after 2015.

The Dolphins and Misi were very optimistic he would play this season, so much so that the Dolphins decided to keep him with a restructured contract instead of releasing him.

Misi’s salary was reduced from $4.1 million to about $2.1 million, with $1.15 million of that amount guaranteed this season. His cap hit was reduced from $4.8 million to $2.8 million.

“He wants to be here and he wants to have a chance to compete with the guys that we have on our roster,” coach Adam Gase said earlier this offseason. “If he’s healthy and able to contribute for us, it’s a big plus for us because he is a good player.”

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