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What's happening at Dolphins camp today

Here's a quick rundown of what is happening at Dolphins camp today:

First, Brian Hartline and Chris Clemons did not practice. Clemens apparently has some sort of right knee bruise. Hartline's problem is unknown. [Update: Hartline has a calf injury, according to Barry Jackson.]

For the second consecutive day, David Garrard was the most impressive quarterback in camp. He's simply more polished right now. He threw Chad Johnson open on an in-cut. He connected a couple of times with Davone Bess and once with Julius Pruitt where he lofted the pass just out of the reach of the defender.

Johnson, by the way, has complained (yes, already) a couple of times about being open and not getting the ball. Coach Joe Philbin said he agreed with Johnson on at least one of those and actually told Garrard about it.

Me? I think Johnson needs to shut up and practice, but I guess the coaching staff and quarterback don't mind.

Matt Moore, who worked mostly with the second-team today after taking first-team snaps Friday, struggled with his deep passes today. He overthrew a couple of deep sideline passes including one to Johnson.

My darkhorse most impressive player of the day was, wait for it, wide receiver Chris Hogan. He caught two passes -- one from Moore, the other from Pat Devlin that split the seam of the opposing defense. He got open for both and simply snatched the football out of the air.

I was interested in watching Lamar Miller for parts of today's practice. He's not figuring at this point in the two-minute offense. The running backs ahead of him there are Reggie Bush on first team, Daniel Thomas on second team and Steve Slaton on third team.

But I watched later on and Miller does show a burst throw the hole. Very impressive. I've no idea if he will do that when the hitting starts, but I'm encouraged. By the way, the hitting begins Sunday.

Coach Joe Philbin confirmed the team will be in pads for at least part of Sunday's practice and there will be some contact.

 talked to Eric Steinbach after practice. He explained that although the Ravens worked him out before the Dolphins, they didn't offer him a deal. He said they were concerned about his back, the issue that landed him on injured reserve in Cleveland last season.

"These guys didn't have a problem with it here and they figured I'm recovered one hundred percent from the surgery, which I have," Steinbach said.

Steinbach is familiar with Philbin from their days at Iowa.

"It's good to be here," Steinbach said. "It's good to get back with someone you know and have a relationship with. After a year of missing games with back surgery, it's good to know somebody wants you. I'm looking for the most part to just get back in action."

Steinbach is working with the second unit at left guard. The Dolphins are obviously letting Steinbach work his way in. But could he work his way all the way to starting status?

He's played left guard all his life and it creates an interesting situation because the Dolphins are much more settled at left guard with Richie Incognito than at right guard with Artis Hicks. Could Incognito, who has played the right side, make the switch?

Maybe. But if the Dolphins ask Steinbach to make the switch, I doubt he would balk.

"The role is to come in and as a veteran be a leader and help the offense as much as I can," he said. "I don't care what position it is. you play the best five up front. As long as I'm healthy and getting the system down, I'm confident I'm one of the best five."

Reggie Bush spoke for the first time this camp. What follows is part of the availability.

 

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