09/03/14 - DT Earl Mitchell will be watched closely vs. New England to see if he can match the run-stuffing ability of Paul Soliai, who he's replacing.
08/26/14 - DT Earl Mitchell is drawing rave reviews from practices and preseason games. Mitchell has excelled as the third defensive tackle along with Randy Starks and Jared Odrick. He's a sure tackler and takes up lots of space.
04/01/14 - DT Earl Mitchell was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Dolphins from the Texans March 13.
12/26/13 - --NT Earl Mitchell, who's in the last year of his contract, continues to lead NFL nose tackles in three statistics - 45 tackles, 28 unassisted and 17 assisted.
11/20/13 - NT Earl Mitchell, who's in the last year of his contract, continues to play well, according to the coaches. Mitchell is quick and strong and fits well in Wade Phillips' 3-4 scheme. Expect him to re-sign with the Texans.
12/31/12 - NT Earl Mitchell rotates with starter Shaun Cody and has played very well. This is the last year of Cody's contract. He'll be 32. Mitchell will be in his fourth year. He's shown steady improvement and has made plays on the nose and at end when he rotates there. His versatility makes him more valuable.
11/12/12 - NT Earl Mitchell filled in for injured starting NT Shaun Cody (ribs) against Chicago and led the defensive linemen with four tackles, including three unassisted. Cody and Mitchell usually rotate, with each player getting equal playing time.
11/01/12 - NT Earl Mitchell (ankle) was limited in practice but will play against the Bills.
10/31/12 - NT Earl Mitchell (ankle) was limited in practice but will play against the Bills.
10/24/12 - NT Earl Mitchell (ankle) will be able to play against Buffalo.
10/22/12 - NT Earl Mitchell suffered a sprained ankle. He should be able to return against Buffalo.
10/21/12 - NT Earl Mitchell suffered a sprained ankle. He should be able to return against Buffalo after the Texans' bye.
09/20/12 - NT Earl Mitchell, a three-year veteran, is rotating every other series with starter Shaun Cody. Mitchell has improved each season and is off to a good start against the run. He leaves in passing situations. Cody has a sore knee that the coaches protect with the rotation.
01/11/12 - NT Earl Mitchell, a backup who had a sack and batted away a pass at the line of scrimmage against the Bengals, has consistently improved. He plays when starter Shaun Cody needs a breather. Mitchell weighs less than 300 pounds, but he's quick and knows how to use his hands, and that quickness pays off compared to a nose who weighs in the 340 range and relies on strength.