The Miami Dolphins lasted a day without breaking the heart/s of one or more of the players after their Monday purge of 8 former training camp players. They did however break training camp and as the afternoon practice winds down, another year of two-a-days is in the books.
The Dolphins are currently sitting at 70 rostered players, well shy of the league mandated 75 that will be required a week from now. Perhaps the Fins are looking for street guys to bring in, perhaps they have a trick or two up their sleeves. Or, maybe, they simply feel that it’s unnescessary to keep the dead weight around.
The Dolphins welcomed back CB’s Sean Smith and Jason Allen to practice after they missed the weekend game against Carolina with a flu bug. Tests done to rule out Swine Flue or H1N1 came back negative. Smith returned to the starting lineup while Vontae’ Davis returned to the second team. Jason Allen returned to fighting for a roster spot.
The news was just as good for expensive blunder Ernest Wilford who like Eric Green a week ago, found the unemployment line had no waiting. Wilford returned to his roots signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Green if you recall signed with the SF 49’ers hours after his release.
Still no word on the compensation that Miami received in the Ndukwe/Alleman trade with KC. It was also reported by the Sun-Sentinel that Jeff Ireland was seen leaving the practice field on the phone. He apparently had been on awhile. Could the Phins be looking at making another trade or was this simply a chat call with some free agents agent? Time will tell.
While the Dolphins were busy practicing, owner Stephen Ross was busy making more celebrity announcements. The Phins announced that sisters Serena and Venus Williams were now minority owners in the team. This brings the total celeb count to 4. 2 Williams, the Estefans, and J-Lo and Marc Anthony.
In sad news out of the Dolphins past came the report of T.J Turner’s death. Turner who played for the Dolphins for 6 years as DE/DT died from an apparent stroke. Turner was 46. He played with the Dolphins from 96-2002.