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Agent: Roth will hopefully practice this week

Matt Roth has missed 21 practices this training and that's a bad thing because the Dolphins have practiced only 21 times since training camp began. Tonight Roth, nursing a groin injury he had when training camp began, will miss the 7 p.m. preseason opener versus the Jacksonville Jaguars.

But agent Drew Rosenhaus, who represents Roth, said during his regular Sunday evening segment on Ch. 7's Sunday Sports Xtra that he is "hopeful" Roth would begin practicing this week.

"Don't hold me to it," Rosenhaus added.

Rosenhaus is to be taken with the proverbial grain of salt when he says things on the show. Sometimes he's dead on. Sometimes, not so much.

He "reported" before the draft the Dolphins would "absolutely" select a receiver in the first round.

They didn't take a receiver in the first round. Or the second.

So we'll see what happens with Roth.

On the confirmed information front, you might have missed the column I wrote for Sunday's Miami Herald. In it coach Tony Sparano confirms he has a couple of players that don't meet his requirements for practicing hard all the time because they don't practice as hard as they play.

Then I confirmed Phillip Merling is one of those players. Please read the column and see how Sparano handles such players and how Merling is reacting to what coaches are yelling at talking to him about.