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The sad tale of Justin Smiley's shoulder injury

[Before I begin today I simply want to thank you, the readers, for your loyalty to this blog. April was a record-breaking month here. This blog enjoyed nearly 1.2 million page views in April. Yes, I said million. It is amazing to me that so many of you are so hungry for Dolphins information, analysis and opinion. It is humbling that you come here to satisfy that hunger. Thanks again.]

There is a good reason the Dolphins asked Justin Smiley not to show up for the offseason conditioning program when it began in late March: The team is concerned their left guard would blow out his already weakened right shoulder by merely lifting weights.

That's how bad things have gotten for the gritty, wily, tough, often injured Smiley.

The Dolphins have been trying to trade Smiley for over a month. No other NFL team has shown enough interest in Smiley to convince the Dolphins to trade their starting left guard of the last two seasons. Miami doesn't simply want to give him up for an afterthought sixth- or seventh-round pick.

But there is probably no choice. No team has offered anything higher. And I would predict no other team will offer anything higher anytime soon.

So Smiley is still on the team -- for now.

"I'm not sure where that whole thing is right now," Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said Friday. "And I'm not really skirting it. I really am not. At this particular time, right now, we are not sure and he is a member of my football team right now."

He may be a member of the team but that could change before the Dolphins report for the mandatory full-squad mini-camp at the end of May. By then the team hopes to have the issue resolved one way or the other.

The solutions?

It is clear the Dolphins intend to go in a direction that doesn't include Smiley. The club has told him he still might be brought back for 2010, but who is kidding whom here?

Smiley's shoulder is shot. The Dolphins know it. The San Francisco 49ers knew it when Smiley signed with Miami as an unrestricted free agent in 2008. Smiley missed the final eight games of the season with the shoulder that required surgery in 2007. He injured the shoulder again in 2009 and missed one game and was a backup in three others because of that injury.

The 2007 surgery apparently didn't go very well. Smiley, according to two sources, has lost strength in the shoulder over the past two years. He often struggles to lift his right arm over his head and has lost some of the punch and explosion generated at the shoulder.

That wouldn't be a problem for a school teacher. But Smiley makes his living as an NFL offensive linemen. He is supposed to push and punch at 300-pound defensive players and the torque for that is generated at the shoulder and elbow. For Smiley, the shoulder isn't generating the necessary torque.

The problem for Smiley is also that lifting weights to strengthen the shoulder isn't really the solution. Lifting extremely heavy weights, you see, could cause another injury to the shoulder.

So while he could come back and probably play and contribute at his current weakended condition, the Dolphins and probably even Smiley recognize he is on borrowed time. More games or more strenuous weight lifting would probably land Smiley on another injured list.

That is the reason he is on the trade block. That is the reason no one has jumped at the opportunity to trade for him.

Simply, for the Dolphins, the future at left guard once belonged to Justin Smiley. Now it belongs to rookie John Jerry. And Smiley?

He may have played his final game for the Dolphins.

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Aloco,
I am glad that you responded to me. I promise to be nice to you if you stay away from the racism stuff, unless it’s truly warranted. As you can see I get hot and bothered by that kinda thing.

We are both fans of the same team, we should be allies not foes. I bet you are a good guy, it’s a shame we got off on the wrong foot but its never to late to try again. Do you wanna put the past behind us and turn our attention to the Fat B@stard, Rex (Jabba) Ryan, and all the dumb @ss NYJ fans?

you should than Bill Parcells for bringing a national following to Miami. same thing when he was in Dallas: people from everywhere paid attention. when he left, the back water writers were left with their backwater fans.

I wish we had good scones by me. Bacon, Egg, and Cheese on a round roll, with a can of Montain Dew. I need the juice, I have to write a 20 page research paper today.

Are You ready for 2010? Cause I can’t wait!! We are gonna win the division this year!!

SMILEY + HANOS to Chicago for OLSEN, TE

DOLPHIN DISCIPLE, A DEAL ,LETS TURN OUR FOCUS ON REX AND THE WETS .


CARLITO. SARA PALIN IS JUST ENJOYING HER 15 MINUTES OF FAME ON THE SHOULDERS OF THE TEA PARTY IDIOTS .

PR GReek listen to odinseye you avontos. We do not need another loud fouled mouth GREEK on this blog.

Why can't we all just get along?As far as Smiley goes,maybe some other teams medical staff will be foolish enough to give him a seal of approval like our staff did when choosing Culpepper over Brees.

DOLPHIN DISCIPLE IS A DONKEY W NO BRAIN. YOU ARE AFRAID OF DIFF RACES. U RACIST, ME NOT aloco

DOLPHIN DISCIPLE, DON'T BITE , COME BOPA TRYING TO MAKE TROUBLE .

TIME TO GO TO WORK .....LATER

come bola,

how come i never see that name posting, man up and blog from your real name, pussssy

dolphin disciple you are smarter than that. Aloco is messing with you. Think about it, he says i am leaving. He is never gone, come on dude. You have been here long enough to know.:)

so how come you came on dc finfan after aloca left , you are come bola.

joefishpete come bola is also aloco. You cannot be that dumb not to see. Heck, you posted after me and does that make me joefishpete, please thanks for stopping by.

I hope the trifecta did their homework a little better on Jake Grove. Who is favored to play RG? I wish they had not released Hadnot...

Rodge you i wish they hadnot released hadnot. Souns funny. Not funny to FLPD because he has no sense of humor. punk cop

There HAS to be a deal out there for Smiley somewhere. I'm of the opinion that if they can't get what they want the hang onto him. I get that his shoulder is messed up and maybe he can't do the job any more but I don't believe they should just give him up for a 6th or a 7th or even release him. Keep him around. There are teams that could use a guy like Smiley. Minimum is a 5th. Keep him around, get what you can out of him and let the young guys learn from him if you have to.

Holy crap some people here are ruthless. Come on guys we are rooting for the same team. Now, if it was people not for the Fins I will understand....but dang. Good Job Armando.

dc finfan aka nj phin ,stop playing these games .it's a football blog .

Rodge,

Ingocnito and Donald Thomas are the RG's. Maybe even Garner.

Jake Grove plays Center

Wonkabar, I forgot about Incognito. I know Grove plays center, but he has injury history too.

joefishpete you are an imbecile or aloco, I am through with you. I had ENOUGH, I will return in awhile.

DOLPHIN DISCIPLE MAD CAUSE HE LOST JOB TO A MEXICAN. HIS DADDY WAS SAME WAY TOO.

Armando congrats on the hits. I visit your blog every day now because its become informative and focused. Unfortunately the quality of posters to your blog for some reason are worse than other places, but maybe that will change.

Unfortunate about Smiley, but his clock was ticking from day one with the shoulder problem. Now he's done, while Hadnot is still out there playing.

The Lopez thing I hadn't heard about. That was pretty inappropriate of her, but no surprise she said it on the show she was on. We shouldn't have high profile celebrity owners. It's ok to have a minority ownership, if people stay in the backround.

It is a shame that this had to happen to Mr. Smiley. I use Mr for the players I have respect for and feel really offer things to my Fins beyond what they do on the field. Its not always possible to match up what is best for the player and what is best for the team but I hope now that we were unable to get any real compensation for Mr Smiley that the Trifecta atleast lets him try and go to a team of his choice. Thanks Mr Smiley for the hard nose player you were and hopefully in your post football life you will be able to be pain free .

I'm with you Craig. If you can't get a decent return then keep him around. He's tough as nails and produces.

Grove's a weak-link, imho.

Hey Mando,

Just curious, but when are you guys going to change the iPhone app logo to 2010?

Im with u seer. Groves the weak link on the oline.

Dear Mr. Salguero

In my never ending search for knowledge I came across this.

"I promise to be nice to you if you stay away from the racism stuff, unless it’s truly warranted."

So I started to do a search on proper Etiquette when useing racial slurrs.....in truely warranted situations.

I found nothing.

Then I saw this posted by a female fan.

"Unfortunately the quality of posters to your blog for some reason are worse than other places"

The first thing I thought in my head was..What a B word and that bleeping C word.

Was this a truely warranted situation ?

Writing to Ann Landers and Dear Abby as we speak.


Soiled :)

Okay another manufactured controversy with the JLO thing. I dont have a problem with JLO because she can say whatever is on her mind in America. Armando is a Rush Limbaugh nut hugger and only Rush Limbaugh is allowed to be a complete imbecile. To prove my point where is the story about Serena Williams threatening to KILL a line judge. "i will f'n kill you" is what she said. If Williams would have said "i will kill you" AND "Palin is a Cabrona" well Mando dont like the second part. Armando stick to Football where you are FAIR and BALANCED.

JLO if ur reading this baby i got ur back. Call me muah.

Soiled Bottom,

You are completely justified in your assessment on "Samantha"

The only reason she like Mando's blog so much lately because its all soap opera and no football... Goes great with bon bons before and after Oprah

Palin is a cochina

carlito tu cabroncito, callate la boca.

NJ PHIN WAD where are you baby??. Those steroids you take will hurt you. If you know what I mean.

So ... was Dez Bryant's mom a prostitute?

for the rest of you minicamp dorks, check some of the pics from yesterday...Jones / McCoy look like gnarly dudes...

http://www.miamidolphins.com/aquavision/album/2010-rookie-mini-camp-day-1

Dishpan,

Yes, she used to work with Samantha

THUNDERBOLT... in reference to your belief that Grove is a potential weak link, I am afraid I must agree with you. Although, I do feel that when he is healthy he is a great pass and run blocker at center. The good thing is we identified Joe Berger last year as a backup to Grove. Now, he was a minor step down from Grove last year. But you would have to allow for off season growth and development on Berger's side pulling him a bit closer to Groves ability/skill set. I believe at the moment, Miami has 3 guys who can pull off the center position without causing to many issues down the O-line. (I believe Gardner is the 3rd)
I would really like to see Grove be able to start a minimum of 13 games this year. If he can't. I can see him being in the same position as Smiley next year.
Smiley was/is one of my favorite O-line players, one of best pulling guards in the AFC East IMHO. Unfortunately, teams like us have known about his shoulder issue since he arrived in Miami, and he has less value then any of us would like to admit. I say we will either keep him (if he can prove he can hang for 8 or 11 games)... or he gets flat out cut, which would be the last thing Miami would want to do since I feel they like Smiley. But they have no choice... you have to have the Right guard spot nailed down tight. No exceptions.

Lol carlito ... This response should be interesting

Ask Bill Ruger,

We have quality backups at center though

Carlito... Yeah, That is what I wrote... Is it 3 guys who can play center or 2? I know there is Grove and Berger... is Gardner the other? or another guy?

maybe the dolphins are comfortable with what they have at safety---i took a better look at 23 year old Nate Ness---whos draft stock in 09 basically took a dive b/c he only started one year as a senior at arizona--he was a juco tranfer player

Some analysis--

Nate is 6'1" 190 lbs and is a devastating hitter for a FS. He is a self-professed "ball-hawk" who has solid hands. His numbers though his collegiate career showcase his ability to make the INT when given the opportunity. His ferocious tackling has enabled the defense to use him closer to the line of scrimmage to aid in run defense and blitzing.

19 Interceptions in JUCO, 10 returned for TDs

44 Solo Tackles his Sr season

31 Assisted Tackles his Sr season

5 Interceptions his Jr season

2 Interceptions his Sr season

8 QB hurries his Sr season


ran a 4.4 at pro day--17 rep bench---36 inch vert---

Young kid with upside

Great post. Real football news, not your typical bashing Parcells & Co. This is what we want from you.

Serious problem are coming from the oil spill to the west coast of Florida. Drill baby drill folks are real quiet now, I wonder why. Bill

Congrats on the blog. I'm glad i could help line your pockets.

parcells drafted what we needed not what we wanted.

smart man


People I know we all want this to go away and to be dropped. I am sorry that I'm bringing it up but the only reason I do is because it sickens me that some members of the media may get away with the injustice done to Jeff Ireland. Especially the racist comments. SO , will the writers WHO WERE INVOLVED and basically led the witch hunt of Jeff Ireland now apologize for insinuating he may be a racist and for all of the other irresponsible reporting on the DEZ-GATE matter? Afterall a “league source” (you know, the same sources the media get their information from) stated that Dez talked about his Father being a pimp, and the fact that his Mother worked for his Father, directly leading up to the infamous “incredibly insensitive” question. So when is the apology coming? Especially from the writers at the Sun Sentinel. It is disgusting that some writers get away with quick judgments and using their influence to “out” a person in the national spotlight without having all of the facts. They criticize and attack, they degrade and misinform, and then when they find out they're wrong they crawl under a rock and act like it never happened. And Jeff Ireland is the only MAN in this whole situation as he apologized for something that wasn’t wrong in order to save Dez Bryant some humiliation. So that's the question. Does this all get swept under the rug now or does someone man up and apologize? And if they don't apologize how do we as a society allow this kind of sensless attack and manhunt of an innocent person without repercussions? Beacause if we do it could be you next. Some reporter could accuse you of something you didn't do, ruin your life, and then go back to writing stories as if nothing happened. Please understand that this has nothing to do with Armando as he was very responsible with his reporting as far as I could see. But he was one of the few. Mando or anyone else help me out on this please! Am I missing something here or did Jeff Ireland just get violated by the national media?


People I know we all want this to go away and to be dropped. I am sorry that I'm bringing it up but the only reason I do is because it sickens me that some members of the media may get away with the injustice done to Jeff Ireland. Especially the racist comments.

SO , will the writers WHO WERE INVOLVED and basically led the witch hunt of Jeff Ireland now apologize for insinuating he may be a racist and for all of the other irresponsible reporting on the DEZ-GATE matter? Afterall a “league source” (you know, the same sources the media get their information from) stated that Dez talked about his Father being a pimp, and the fact that his Mother worked for his Father, directly leading up to the infamous “incredibly insensitive” question.

So when is the apology coming? Especially from the writers at the Sun Sentinel. It is disgusting that some writers get away with quick judgments and using their influence to “out” a person in the national spotlight without having all of the facts. They criticize and attack, they degrade and misinform, and then when they find out they're wrong they crawl under a rock and act like it never happened. And Jeff Ireland is the only MAN in this whole situation as he apologized for something that wasn’t wrong in order to save Dez Bryant some humiliation.

So that's the question. Does this all get swept under the rug now or does someone man up and apologize? And if they don't apologize how do we as a society allow this kind of sensless attack and manhunt of an innocent person without repercussions? Because if we do it could be you next. Some reporter could accuse you of something you didn't do, ruin your life, and then go back to writing stories as if nothing happened. Please understand that this has nothing to do with Armando as he was very responsible with his reporting as far as I could see. But he was one of the few. Mando or anyone else help me out on this please! Am I missing something here or did Jeff Ireland just get violated by the national media?

Why don't the Dolphins place him on the PUP list and let him rest his shoulder and if further surgery is needed, he can have it. It seems teams are in a rush to get players back on the field...it happened to Pennington with the Jets and now Smiley. Teams throw their players under the bus far too easy.

dolphindisciple, there is only one person who posts in all caps. Don't be fooled, it is one guy, always has been.

good post NYScott, atta boy

NY Scott,

Its the price you pay for living in the public's eye. ROSS the BOSS doesn't have a problem with it, ans I am sure Ireland sleeps well at night.

He will be OK.

Its good to see some one that bleed DPLPHAN blue though. I will concede to you on that

Carlito, I'm so seriously confused by this. Are they going to get away with what was said without having to issue an apology? How can this be. I can't believe it's all being swept under the rug now! It was just yesterday morning that people were accusing Jeff of all kinds of vile things and calling for his termination! We get the new info and today everyone is dead silent?! WOW.

Well at least the league is going to listen to the tape of the interview. My guess is they hear Dez say what the league source stated he said, and then they drop the matter so as not to humiliate the kid any further. That will show me two things. #1 Jeff was in the right for asking what he did or at the very least was led to ask that question. #2 Jeff Ireland will be taking the fall for this in the history books so that Dez can move on with his life. And if that's the case I will have to say that Ireland is one hell of a guy because I would want to clear my name.

Congrats Mando on your 1.2 million hits. I would guess .2 million is actual football talk while the other 1 million are the same 2 or 3 guys with multiple names talking about: meatball subs, monkey ballz, plumbing, fat rex, jizz and idiots bashing the trifecta who have done nothing but make this team younger and better in every position and will one day bring us a superbowl if the media doesn't drive them out of town. Miami Dolphins # 1

kris, REALLY? The price you pay to work for the NFL is the possible slanderous media ruining you and your families life and turning you into a national villain? Well then that's just not worth any amount of money.

I live by what is right and wrong, what is fair or unjust. This was just flat out worng and unjust. There is no excuse for what was said and for what Irelands family has had to go through for the past week in my not so humble opinion.

Watch out, they'll come for you next. Unless ofcourse we actually stand up to this BS. Or we could just take the easy route and talk about Misi and the 20 pounds he needs to gain.

Well there's no football goin on right now we need that news to get our fix lol

"possible" is not supposed to be in that sentence

Armando, please clarify this whole thing if you get a chance? What are people now saying around the league and in the media? What is the general consensus now that the new information has been provided by league sources? I just can't believe this isn't being addressed further. Berardino said yesterday morning (when the Sentinel was still attacking Ireland) that this matter was far from being closed or from being over and now this morning not a peep?! Help me Mando, what gives?

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