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Dolphins leave injured players behind on casual travel day

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Miami Dolphins traveled to the greater New York area today but left behind all of their injured players who obviously will not play in their preseason opener against the New York Giants.

Earl Mitchell (calf), Farrington Hugeunin (ankle), Chimdi Chekwa (leg), MarQuis Gray (leg),  Vinston Painter (neck), Dion Jordan (knee), Kenyan Drake (hamstring), Chris Culliver (knee), and Xavien Howard (knee) did not make this trip. All have missed time recently while they either work to get healthy enough to practice for the first time this training camp or return to practice.

Mitchell, a starter, obviously will not be with the first unit against the Giants. He is expected to be replaced by second-year starter Jordan Phillips.

The Dolphins are making their first business trip under the guidance of new coach Adam Gase.

And that means they are traveling under Adam Gase's road rules.

Those rules have relaxed (somewhat) the dress code former coach Joe Philbin employed during a majority of his three-and-one-quarter seasons as coach. Whereas Philbin asked players to wear jackets and ties for much of his tenure, Gase has allowed the team to wear jackets (with no ties) if the wish.

Players also have been given the option of wearing a team supplied sweat suit and footwear if they wish.

So it was a casual comfortable approach today with some players such as defensive end Cameron Wake wearing a jacket on the plane and others wearing sweats.