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Former BYU Standout Elevated To Miami Dolphins Active Roster

Dec 3, 2022, 2:45 PM | Updated: 3:23 pm
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Quarterback Zach Wilson #1 and offensive lineman James Empey #66 of the BYU Cougars both call out signals during second half action against the Boise State Broncos at Albertsons Stadium on November 6, 2020 in Boise, Idaho. BYU won the game 51-17. (Photo by Loren Orr/Getty Images)
(Photo by Loren Orr/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – The Miami Dolphins announced the elevation of former BYU Cougars center James Empey to the team’s active roster ahead of Week 13 of the 2022 NFL season.

The Dolphins promoted Empey to the 53-man roster on Saturday, December 3.

“We have elevated offensive lineman James Empey and tackle Kendall Lamm to the active roster for Sunday’s game,” the franchise announced.

Empey has been a member of Miami’s practice squad this season.

Empey joined the Dolphins’ practice squad prior to the start of the season in September.

The Dolphins currently own an 8-3 record this season.

Miami’s next game is on the road against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, December 4 at 2:05 p.m. (MDT) on FOX.

About James Empey

The American Fork, Utah native played for the Cougars from 2017 to 2021.

During his BYU career, Empey played in 41 games.

Empey helped the Cougars to a combined 21-4 record during his final two seasons at BYU.

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After his college career, the center signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent following the 2022 NFL Draft in April.

“Beyond grateful and excited,” exclaimed Empey on Twitter.

Empey signed with the Cowboys less than an hour after the conclusion of the 2022 NFL draft that took place in Las Vegas. He followed in the footsteps of his father, Mike, also a former BYU offensive lineman, who also signed an UDFA deal with the Cowboys back in 1993.

After spending training camp in Dallas, the Cowboys waived Empey in August.

The former BYU standout signed with Miami two days later.

Kyle Ireland is a Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com and co-host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on Twitter (@kyleireland) and Instagram (@kyleirelandksl).

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