There was a mysterious absence on the first day of training camp. QB Pat White wasn’t there. Now, hours after the final minutes ticked off the post practice presser by Tony Sparano, word has come from league sources that White is out for the entire training camp and his availability for the season is in jeopardy.
The reason at this point is anyone’s guess. Sparano isn’t saying. White isn’t saying. No one is saying. What is known is that it is a “serious” non-football related situation that is being handled by his parents at this point.
White is likely to be added to the non-football injury list effectively benching him for the first 6 weeks of the season. While no one is speculating as to what the cause is, it’s apparent that it is of a personal nature.
According to a report in the Sun-Sentinel, Bo White, Pat’s older brother made the following statement:
“He seemed to be doing well,” Bo White Jr. said, “Everything seemed to be going all right. My parents are handling it now.”
“I couldn’t tell you what day he’s going to be out there or when he’s going to be back on the field,” Bo White Jr. said. “Being a young man, he’s just trying to find – I’m trying to put this in the best way — I guess his position in life. I think that may have something to do with it. Just life, you know, in general.”
Asked if his brother is happy, Bo White Jr. said he believed Pat White, 24, is “in a good place right now.”
“I would say he’s content,” Bo White Jr. said. “He’s happy with where he is. It’s just life. He’s just dealing with life right now.”
With White out of the picture, it’s a one man race for the 2nd spot behind Chad Henne and it’s now a little clearer why the Dolphins did not put Chad Pennington on the PUP list as some had expected. According to Newsok.com the Dolphins have shown some interest in former Utah QB Tommy Grady, although it’s likely they will try and grab a veteran off the free agent market as an insurance policy for Chad Pennington.
Back to the issue of Pat White. His last game as a Miami Dolphin ended with a bone crushing sideline hit that put the then rookie in a hospital over night. White has been the center of much scrutiny for his lack of QB play and of course his draft position.
The truth behind this story is far from being revealed but it will be at some point. Right now, no one seems to be talking much about what is going on, but it’s evident that it is something more twisting than Pat White simply losing his motivation to play the game of football. On the surface it seems to go much deeper if you read behind the words of his brother.
Is Pat White considering walking away from football to return the safer field of a baseball stadium? Could this be something more physical? Speculation at this point would almost be foolish. Almost.