Kelvin Sheppard LB MIA 4 Months

Sheppard will sign with the Dolphins, The Palm Beach Post reports.

Sheppard's signing comes in wake of linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (hip) being placed on season-ending injured reserve. Now entering his fourth season, Sheppard struggled after being traded to the Colts ahead of last year, as he posted just 46 tackles (20 solo) in 15 games. With Indianapolis opting to release Sheppard just over a week ago, he'll now head to Miami and hold a decent chance of starting at linebacker.

Kelvin Sheppard LB MIA 4 Months

Sheppard has been released by the Colts, ESPN.

The trade for Sheppard didn't end well for the Colts with Jerry Hughes playing well in Buffalo last season.

Kelvin Sheppard LB MIA 5 Months

Sheppard was wearing a walking boot on his lower left leg Tuesday after he was hurt in a collision in Monday's practice, the Indianapolis Star reports.

It's not clear if this is a serious injury, but he's unlikely to play in Thursday's first preseason game.

Kelvin Sheppard LB MIA Feb 07 '79

Colts acquired LB Kelvin Sheppard from the Bills in exchange for LB Jerry Hughes.

The 2011 third-round pick started 24 games the past two seasons, including 15 at MIKE linebacker in 2012. Sheppard may compete with Kavell Conner at left inside linebacker in Indianapolis, but played just 521 snaps despite "starting" last season, and fared poorly against the run. He won't be a factor in IDP leagues.

Kelvin Sheppard LB MIA Mar 15 '78

Bills MLB Kelvin Sheppard is down to 240 pounds after playing in the 250-255 range as a rookie.

Sheppard's rookie season got off to a slow start in no small part because he pulled his hamstring in training camp after arriving roughly 20 pounds overweight. "He showed up in great shape [for OTAs]," said new DC Dave Wannstedt, "and his attitude is good and I think he's excited about this scheme."

Kelvin Sheppard LB MIA Mar 10 '78

Kelvin Sheppard is practicing as the Bills' starting middle linebacker at OTAs.

The Bills have identified last year's third-rounder as a "nucleus" player on defense, after Sheppard racked up 61 tackles in the final nine games. He's quite likely to be an every-down player and impact IDP contributor. The Bills' starting weak-side backer is Nick Barnett, with Kirk Morrison currently at SAM.

Kelvin Sheppard LB MIA Nov 26 '77

New DC Dave Wannstedt has singled out MLB Kelvin Sheppard as a nucleus player on the Bills defense.

"I've got all the confidence in the world with Shep," said Wannstedt. "To me he's about what you're looking for in a 4-3 middle linebacker. ... I think it's going to fit his skills to a 'T'. I think he's going to be a very, very productive player for us." Sheppard is going to be a player to target in IDP formats in 2012.

Kelvin Sheppard LB MIA Nov 09 '77

The Bills will use Kelvin Sheppard at middle linebacker in their new 4-3 defense.

Nick Barnett will likely play the weak side. Sheppard racked up 70 tackles in only nine starts as a third-round rookie and will be an IDP to target fairly early in 2012 drafts. He averaged over 6.5 tackles per start in 2011.

Kelvin Sheppard LB MIA Oct 28 '77

Coach Chan Gailey wants 2011 third-rounder ILB Kelvin Sheppard to eliminate rookie mistakes next season.

"He's aggressive and he got better at his reads," said Gailey. "He got a lot more comfortable playing every day and I think that he is going to be a good player as time goes on. I saw improvement each week in him." Sheppard closed out the season with 70 tackles in 16 games and nine starts.

Kelvin Sheppard LB MIA Jul 27 '77

Bills coach Chan Gailey confirmed Monday that rookie ILB Kelvin Sheppard will be a starter moving forward.

Gailey confirmed Sheppard will begin taking the "majority of reps" at the position, replacing Andra Davis. Davis wasn't getting it done on the interior, and Sheppard has flashed in limited snaps so far. He has 10 tackles on the season, but will be a candidate for 6-8 per week moving forward.