Miami Dolphins cornerback Nik Needham (40) makes a tackle on Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) during the first half of an NFL game. Needham left the game after the play with a leg injury. Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Oct. 16, 2022.

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Dolphins put Nik Needham, Trey Flowers on IR

Miami Dolphins starting cornerback Nik Needham is out for the rest of the season with a torn Achilles and pass rusher Trey Flowers (foot) joined him on injured reserve Wednesday.

Flowers will have to miss at least four games.

The Dolphins didn’t immediately announce corresponding moves.

Needham had 21 tackles and two passes defensed in six games (five starts) this season. He has six career interceptions in 51 games (27 starts), all with the Dolphins.

Flowers, who just signed with the Dolphins in August, had four tackles and no sacks in four games this season. The 29-year-old has 31.5 career sacks with New England (2015-18) and Detroit (2019-21).

The Dolphins listed four players who missed practice Wednesday with injuries: offensive tackle Terron Armstead (toe), cornerback Keion Crossen (knee), defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah (back) and defensive tackle Christian Wilkins (hand).

However, starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa cleared concussion protocol last week and is in line to start Sunday night’s game against the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers (2-4). The Dolphins are 3-3.

–Field Level Media

Oct 31, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions outside linebacker Trey Flowers (90) warms up before the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Report: DE Trey Flowers reaches deal with Dolphins

Veteran linebacker Trey Flowers is back in the AFC East.

The Miami Dolphins reached an agreement with the 29-year-old free agent, ESPN reported Sunday. He worked out for the team earlier this week.

A two-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots, Flowers was cut by the Detroit Lions in March.

Flowers recorded 24 tackles and 1.5 sacks in seven games with the Lions in 2021.

He has 261 tackles, 31.5 sacks and 10 forced fumbles in 75 career games (64 starts) with the Patriots (2015-18) and Lions.

New England drafted Flowers in the fourth round in 2015. He helped the team win Super Bowls LI and LIII.

–Field Level Media

Detroit Lions outside linebacker Trey Flowers (90) warms up before the Los Angeles Rams game at the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021.

Report: LB Trey Flowers works out with Dolphins

Veteran linebacker Trey Flowers worked out with the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday, NFL Network reported.

A two-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots, Flowers was cut by the Detroit Lions in March.

Flowers, who turned 29 earlier this month, had 24 tackles and 1.5 sacks in seven games with the Lions in 2021.

He has 261 tackles, 31.5 sacks and 10 forced fumbles in 75 games (64 starts) for the Patriots (2015-18) and Lions.

New England drafted Flowers in the fourth round in 2015. He helped the team win Super Bowls LI and LIII.

–Field Level Media

Oct 31, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions outside linebacker Trey Flowers (90) warms up before the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Lions set to release OLB Trey Flowers

The Lions are cutting bait with their big free-agent acquisition pass rusher Trey Flowers, the Detroit Free Press and NFL Network reported Thursday.

The team informed Flowers he will be released on the first day of the league year next week, per the Press.

The Lions will save $10.4 million against the salary cap but also incur a dead cap hit of $12.85 million. The $90 million deal Flowers signed with the team in March 2019 made it impossible to trade the two-time Super Bowl champion.

Flowers, 28, has been beset by injuries the past two seasons, appearing in just 14 games (12 starts) for the Lions. He has finished the past two seasons on injured reserve. He racked up seven sacks in 15 starts in 2019.

Flowers had 21 sacks in his last three seasons in New England. The Patriots selected him in the fourth round of the 2015 draft.

–Field Level Media