Dolphins rookie cornerback Jamar Taylor had sports hernia surgery in Philadelphia this morning but is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, barring a setback. Typical recovery time is four to six weeks.
Taylor had been bothered by the injury for a while, and decided to go ahead with the surgery.
He tried treatment but that did not help the injury. And though Taylor can take Tylenol, he cannot take anti-inflammatories because, as we reported here previously, his kidneys were negatively affected by a blood pressure medication that he is no longer taking. That kidney issue was discovered at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis and was a factor in some teams passing on him in the draft -- though the kidney should not be an issue going forward.
Taylor will return to Miami at the end of the week to begin rehab.
Taylor, who impressed the team in rookie minicamp, will compete for a top-four cornerback job during training camp.
Here are some quick hits, by position, from the Dolphins’ first offseason practice Tuesday:
### Cornerback: Brent Grimes (looking fully recovered from last September’s Achilles injury) and Richard Marshall (looking fully recovered from last season’s back injury) opened with the first team. Dimitri Patterson and Nolan Carroll lined up with the second team. Second-round pick Jamar Taylor was not present, as noted…. Grimes was very sharp on intermediate routes, knocking away passes to Rishard Matthews and Armon Binns, but was beaten deep once by Binns…. Marshall was beaten deep by Brian Hartline on a Ryan Tannehill throw. Hartline scored on the play.
### Safety: Reshad Jones and Chris Clemons lined up with the first team, as to be expected. Jimmy Wilson and Kelcie McCray were behind them. This roster has far more depth at corner than safety.
### Linebacker: Dannell Ellerbe opened at middle linebacker, flanked by Philip Wheeler and Koa Misi. The Dolphins believe this will be a faster unit than the Karlos Dansby/Kevin Burnett anchored group, at the very least. Philbin said Tuesday he has been impressed by Ellerbe.
### Defensive line: With Randy Starks absent because of a contract issue, Jared Odrick moved to tackle, alongside Paul Soliai. Olivier Vernon lined up at one end, opposite Cam Wake. Dion Jordan was absent as he finishes school at Oregon... Joe Philbin said the fact Odrick played tackle shouldn't be taken as an indication that he will play there. Odrick -- who did good work Tuesday -- typically plays inside on third downs. But Starks and Soliai remain the first team tackles when both are available.
### Quarterback: Ryan Tannehill, operating a fast-pace offense, was sharp on intermediate routes and completed 2 of 3 deep passes – to Binns and Brian Hartline. He couldn’t connect with Mike Wallace on another deep ball that was well defended by Grimes. He was patient, under control, and more polished than the Tannehill who was just out of college at this time last year... Aaron Corp, trying to challenge front-runner Pat Devlin for the No. 3 job, gave no indication to believe he's an NFL quarterback.
### Running back: Lamar Miller opened with the first team and showed his usual good burst. Daniel Thomas and Marcus Thigpen got work behind Miller… Jorvorskie Lane opened at fullback.
### Receiver: In three-receiver sets, Brandon Gibson lined up in the slot and showed good quickness, with Wallace and Hartline outside. Matthews and Binns got a lot of work as the fourth and fifth receivers. Matthews caught several passes cleanly. Binns caught a couple balls but also had a drop.
### Tight end: Dustin Keller looked good in his first Dolphins OTA session, and surprisingly, Michael Egnew joined him for several snaps on the first team. Philbin said Egnew, a rookie disappointment last year, earned those snaps. Dion Sims and Kyle Miller also got work.
### Offensive line: From left to right, the first team was – as expected – Jonathan Martin, Richie Incognito, Mike Pouncey, John Jerry and Tyson Clabo. Dallas Thomas and Lance Louis did not participate while recovering from injuries.... Nate Garner played some at guard, center and tackle... Tackle Will Yeatman got work at guard, but Philbin said he will play both.
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