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Here's what's new at Dolphins camp

The Dolphins today worked out a couple of free agent defensive tackles as both Randy Starks and Jared Odrick missed practice with unknown injuries that the team will not report until prior to Sunday's Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio. 

Starks, who missed practice Thursday but was present on the sidelines, was not even on the field today. He appeared to be nursing a leg injury of some sort Thursday. Odrick, who was healthy at the beginning of practice Thursday but had an issue midway though, worked with trainers on the side today. He similarly appears to have a leg injury of some sort.

It's obvious neither Starks nor Odrick will play Sunday against Dallas in the HOF game.

Receivers Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline were the other starters to miss today's practice due to injuries. Wallace (groin) and Hartline (calf) are making steady improvement with their issues. Wallace said as much today and Hartline was no longer wearing the compression sleeve on his calf that he wore for protection on Thursday.

Although coach Joe Philbin said he has not made up his mind whether the injured players will play or not, it seems unlikley the club will risk either aggravating their minor injuries in the first of five preseason games. Both Wallace and Hartline want to play, however, with Hartline going back to his home state and Wallace potentially making his Dolphins debut.

The Dolphins will take a tour of the Hall of Fame in Canton Ohio Saturday. And on Sunday when they play the Cowboys, they'll be using a rudimenary game plan coaches cooked up and installed on Friday.

"Play speed is really the thing we've been talking to our guys about," Philbin said. "It's not really about Xs and Os although we have a good sound plan in. I'm sure our opponent has a good plan in as well, but it's more about our guys playing ball the right way. The things we've been practicing every single day have to show up on tape."

If the Dolphins are hoping to play "the right way" Friday's practice didn't offer an example of that.

"A lot of dropped passes and maybe some sloppiness on kickoff returns," Philbin said. "You saw the same things I did."

This is what I saw:

First, Jonathan Martin did not give up a sack today. That bears prominent mention because he's been singled out every time he loses pass-rush battles against Olivier Vernon and Dion Jordan. Today there was none of that.

And it merits mention that Martin looks very good in run-blocking drills and has looked good for several days in that department.

The well-chronicled offensive line mixing and matching was not an issue today. Josh Samuda played at right guard with the staring offensive line and that's how the unit stayed throughout practice -- although Samuda also got work as a center with the second team.

Expect the starting OL Sunday to be LT Martin, LG Richie Incognito, C Mike Pouncey, RG Samuda, RT Tyson Clabo.

Dallas Thomas, a left guard part of last week, was back at left tackle with the second unit throughout practice. Nate Garner, who has played guard and tackle in games for the Dolphins in the past, worked at center today. He had one high snap and also short-hopped a shotgun snap.

On the special teams sloppiness:

It began with a kickoff walk-thru in the Nick Saban Memorial Bubble (NSMB). Special teams coach Darren Rizzi told undrafted free agent rookie David Hinds he had to shift over on one repetition and Hinds failed to do it.

And Rizzi lit him up.

"I just got done telling you to shift 10 seconds ago," the coach yelled. "We went over it in meetings and I just told you 10 seconds ago to do it so why aren't you doing it?"

Hinds did have a nice practice moment later when he batted down a potential TD pass in the end zone in 7 on 7 drills.

Rizzi's special teams had other issues. Reserve kickoff return man De'Andre Presley flubbed a kickoff return. Then starter Marcus Thigpen let another kickoff bounce in front of him. The ball then bounced away from Thigpen and was free for the kickoff team to scramble for. Then Presley followed by allowing the same exact thing to happen to him.

The Dolphins got a very good practice out of wide receiver Keenan Davis. Davis had the catch of the day when he rose above two defenders who were bracketting him 30 yards downfield and caught a pass from Pat Devlin. Davis paid the price as the safety playing behind hit him high and the one in front hit him low. The blow was so hard it caused the crowd watching practice to groan in unison.

General Manager Jeff Ireland, standing only feet from the play on the sideline, clapped excitedly as Davis ended up at his feet.

Everyone else had their difficult moments. Those dropping passes today included Dustin Keller, Michael Egnew, and Kenny Stafford. Julius Pruitt caught one pass and then fumbled it. Kelcie McCray, who had an interception in Monday's scrimmage, dropped an interception. Rookie Jamar Taylor also dropped a certain interception.

The kicking competition continued today with rookie Caleb Sturgis connecting on all his kicks, from 42, 47 and 52 yards out.


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I don't want to be first.

To me all these leg injuries is cause of the Heat. It has been crazy Hot and Humid this week.

Which is a good thing. These players need to get accustomed to the Heat. Wait til the season starts and the other team starts dropping like flies during the game.

None of the injuries are serious, but anybody knows after you cramp up real bad and pull something you have to take it easy the next couple of days. So you really don't hurt yourself.

Keep making them go full speed Coach. It will only help in the long run.

How does Gilislee look? Does he have a chance to be #2?

Easy for you to say, Dashi. Would you like to join them?

Happy to hear good news about Martin. Dont like the injuries. I like the potential of Gillslee, however I am one of the few that really does think Daniel thomas can be good if he does not get hurt. #2 behind LM for sure.

Didn't seem like a quality practice but still this is young team that has a lot of room for improvement. Thrilled that Martin gave up no sacks today. Also just heard Romo is not playing. What a chickenbleep move by Garrett.

Sturgis will be the kicker

"the trolls are going to be miserable this year"

Trolls are never miserable, because reality doesn't affect them.

Nothing short of winning the Super Bowl can refute them, and even then, they'd find a way to blame "Irescum" and "Tannehenne."

"Wait til the season starts and the other team starts dropping like flies during the game."

Last time I saw a team drop like flies in the Miami heat early in the year, it was the Dolphins at the hands of the Patriots. Embarassing.


Why do you act as if Heat fans and Dolphins fans aren't the same people.

You must be an outsider. People actually FROM Miami root for ALL of our teams to do well, you clueless nitwit.

Also, the term is "Three-Peat" not "Pete." Pete is a name, you uneducated slob.

Now we know that Parcells did not approve of Ireland's cross-country trip to woo Harbaugh. The way Ireland turned on Tony Sparano was gutless and classless. He's no more than an errand boy for Stephen Ross. His number should be coming up fairly soon because this team's not ready to challenge anyone.


Anybody that has played organized sports in Miami growing up knows about the Heat.

It isn't my job to play pro ball. So No I don't want to join them but I know about them hot summer days with pads on. And Cramping up at the end of practice.

That is another reason why I think not having 2 a days is a good thing.

Only people who haven't played don't know how draining the Heat can be. Watching other people practice isn't the same as actually practicing. Trust me when you see people catching Heat strokes and start convulsing. Then you to would respect the Miami Sun.

Can we all agree that the Dolphins personnel problems are not Jeff Ireland's fault?


Really???? Sparano was horrible!! You make GM decisions for what is best for the team not friendships!!!!

Smarten up!

EFF the tuna!! He accomplished nothing here!!! All he did was take Wayne's money!!

Dolphin 53 according to Dashi

QB- T-Hill, Devlin
RB-L.Miller, D.Thomas, Gillislee, Gray, Thigpen
TE-Keller, Sims, Egnew
WR- Wallace, Hartline, Gibson, R.Matthews, McNutt
OT-J.Martin, Clabo, Garner
OG-Incognito, Samunda, D.Thomas, Jerry
C-Pouncey, (Samunda is his backup)

DE-Wake, Vernon, DJ, Shelby
DT- Soliai, Starks, Odrick, Randall, Francis
OLB-Wheeler, Misi, J.Jenkins, Kaddu
MLB-Ellerbe, Freeney, Highsmith, L.Robinson
CB-Grimes, Marshall, Patterson, Taylor,Davis
FS-Clemons, J.Wilson
SS-R.Jones, K.McCray


I heard they're flying another Fire Ireland plane sign over the stadium for the home opener.

Ireland fell flat on his face without Parcells holding his puppet strings. He should've been fired over the Dez Bryant racially profiling.

Who believes these injury reports? Nonsense. Philbin is using this extra preseason game to help cut down the roster. 4 preseason games is already too much.

..I don't think it I worth playing anyone who may be dealing with a knick on Sunday. The starters are only going to play at most 2 series. So why take a risk? Of course we would like to have a good showing. We want to see the new guys...But the first game of the preseason is not the time to rush anything. It isn't important for the offense to get in a rhythm(first unit) It isn't important for the defense to show exotic looks. Let the guys fighting for roster spots go out there and do this. This is what week 1 preseason is for.

Well Garrett is holding out Romo for no reason and I'm kind of feeling cheated. Wanted to see our DL chase that guy at least for a few plays.

Really, no Moore ?

Coyle must've told his guys to give Martin a break LOL

Yes, Rob. No Mas.

Why is Michael Egnew still on the team?

And Dashi can Suck and Swallow with the best of them.

Posted by: Dashi | July 31, 2013 at 07:02 PM

I can thertainly vouch for thith!

I know Moore more than likely will make the team. They usually carry 3 QBs.

But On My Roster. Moore is Less.

And Dashi can Suck and Swallow with the best of them.

Posted by: Dashi | July 31, 2013 at 07:02 PM


The Dolphins would never have given Moore that big contract if they werent very dissapointed in Tannehill so far.

Reading this report makes it sound like not one positive thing happened in practice today.
C'mon Mando didn't at least 1 positive thing happen?

shula do u ever use your brain

I just dont see us being a playoff team until we upgrade the QB position. Tannehill is Chad Henne revisited,

Dude I know you're trying to drag me into a Chad Henne debate.

It's true that Chad Henne has 1 fan and I am him. I have been his fan for 9 years now, since game 1 of his freshman year at Mich.

But I'm on a different mission at the moment:
Yesterday at work my foot stuck on the carpet as I was walking across the bank floor. I didn't think anything of it at the time but 6 hours later my knee was sore and swollen so I reported it to risk management. Good thing I reported it because when I left the office tonight it felt like somethin tore in my knee walking down the sidewalk. I need to get over to the urgent care and get x-rays, my right knee is twice the size of my left knee.

I'll be happy to list all of Chad Henne's accomplishments when he gets back.

Deviousness, lying, cheating, signs of the Sociopath.

You talking about Jeff Ireland?


So now you agree we have a sociopath on our hands. I expected better from the Good Doctor.

To all you trolls spewing your "troll-isms" early.
Let me offer you a little ditty that I grew-up with.
" You don't know sh*t, you ain't never known sh*t, and
you ain't never gonna'know sh't" ! Get on board the positive-train, or get under it ! Bye Boi's !

Samuel L Jackson?

Hi Dashi girl!

Lack of empathy, remorse, other signs.

Stephen Ross took Ireland to go talk to Harbaugh; what was Ireland supposed to do? Tell Ross that he refused to go with him?

The tuna can go phuc himself. Fielding .500 teams in the age of parity - BFD

Are we painting a good picture of you here, boys?

oscar, you paint pictures of BOYS????


sturgis, at 400K.....over Carpenter, at 19 mill.....book it

Empathy is the emotional ability to feel what others are feeling.

oscar, how many years of college did it take you to figure that out?

And Dashi can Suck and Swallow with the best of them.

Posted by: Dashi | July 31, 2013 at 07:02 PM

We'd like to be your friend.

No they r hedging there bets THill goes down Moore comes in. U have to Hav a backup.Hope Martin finds his footing because if not we will probably c Moore and Devlin.

I was born with that, David. I remember from my baby carriage I used to look at People and knew their whole lives. And I used to laugh at many of them.


From the last one...........

Woodshed at 4:09,

Agreed. Clay hasn't developed as quickly as I would have prefered. But he's had his couple of seasons and he's managed to show some great skills. This could be the year he takes the next step and starts to dominate.

I would go ahead and give him this year since he's signed and comes cheap. Trading away Welker always comes to mind in these situations. Nothing like developing players for other teams. He's had a rookie season and improved as a Sophomore. This would be the absolute worst time to give up on him in my opinion. He's learned the system, he's shown some flashes of potential. Now it's Do or Die Time!

Philbin and Barry Jackson keep saying good things about Lee Robinson. I think Trusnik has peaked and shown us everything he has. It's just not enough. I like his Blue Collar type of play, but I will never get over that play last season against Kapernick and the Niners.

It's time to pass on Trusnik and give these youngsters with more potential and higher ceilings their shots. I'll take Jenkins, Robinson and Highsmith over Spitler and Trusnik!

I have all the confidence in the world with Jamar Taylor. I even had him in ALL OF MY MOCKS. I think he'll be a starter eventually. The injury was just unfortunate and untimely.

Davis just blew me away though. I hadn't really checked him out that much(pre draft)because of his lower ranking(Raw). But the more I found out about him and the more youtube clips I watched, the more I liked him.

I'll even go out on a limb for you. Watch these pre season games and watch Davis start turning heads. By the time the regular season starts, Philbin and Coyle will be seriously considering starting Davis opposite Grimes. I mean, as in, NOT at the Nickel.


Oscar painting pictures of boys?
I thought he painted toes at the mall

My son has always painted young boys.

If Tannehill gets hurt it'll be a blessing in disquise just like when Henne got hurt. I agree Moore is the best QB on the roster.

I think all this injuries are perhaps cause by Global-Warming

I can still smell the stinch left from Matt Moore from when we played the Eagles.

Anyone remember Matt Moore going backwards with the game on the line (Cowboys and Giants)?

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