There is news out of Miami that Joey Porter will be missing some significant time. According to a Miami Herald report, the Dolphins LB’s back is causing enough problems that JP is worried about his career and worries that his ailing back may end it. When, is the big question.
As of now, the Dolphins are trying rookie DE Phillip Merling in Porter’s LB spot along with Charlie Anderson. The injury exposes a lack of depth at the LB spot and quells some of the enthusiasm associated with the play of the defense over the last two weeks, although Joey P was hardly a key component in the overall success in each of those games.
Porter did leave practice today to see a back specialist and Tony Sparano said they will look at it more when there is more information.
The Dolphins pass rush will take a hit should Porter’s absence last into the season. The Dolphins will need to evaluate the situation daily and may be forced at some point in the season to consider placing Porter on IR.
With the NFL set to make roster cuts to a mandatory 75 by tomorrow night and the final 53 on Saturday, there is little doubt that the Phins management may indeed be watching for some LB’s.
While it is still way too early to determine the extent of his injury and all of this may very well be overblown, the situation is more than enough to warrant serious concern and monitoring.