Dolphins release DE Phillip Merling

Per the Sun-Sentinel, The Miami Dolphins will release defensive end Phillip Merling.

Merling, who was drafted as a second rounder in 2008, did not participate in spring practices last week.

In the four seasons he's been on the Dolphins' roster, Merling has made only five starts and 3.5 sacks in the first two seasons. None were collected during the 2010/2011 seasons. 

UPDATE: Jeff Ireland has confirmed that Merling was released this morning.