Monday, October 11, 2010

Miami Dolphins: Oct. 11 News & Notes

With the Miami Dolphins' bye week this past Sunday, there hasn't been a whole lot going on with the team to cover.

Thus, here are some bits of news regarding the Dolphins, some of which might be slightly dated. (My anniversary with my girlfriend was this weekend and I didn't have a chance to post!)

  • Free agent guard Ray Feinga was suspended four game by the NFL last week for an undisclosed violation of league policy. A second-year guard who was undrafted out of BYU in 2009, Feinga was released last Monday before the Dolphins' game against the Patriots to make room for practice-squad linebacker Austin Spitler. This suspension answers the question of why Feinga has not yet been re-signed to the practice squad. It's possible the Dolphins could do so once the suspension is up, as Feinga can serve it despite being a free agent.
  • Jake Long didn't practice after the Patriots' game last week, nor did he practice today. I'm not concerned though, as he has statistically been he best tackle in football with just four pressures and no sacks allowed. Long has a sore knee and is just using the bye week to rest, but he should be good to go against Green Bay.
  • Guard John Jerry (illness) finally returned to the practice field, while defensive end Jared Odrick (fibula) is doing individual work. Both appear close to returning and I'd expect both to be back by Week 6, if not Week 5. The two rookies are quality starters and will easily help the Dolphins when they return.
  • There have been some posts by Dolphins' beat writers recently about whether or not the team should regret letting go wide receiver Ted Ginn, Jr. and outside linebacker Matt Roth. Ginn has average 29.4 yards per kick return with the 49ers this season, while Roth has totaled 26 tackles and two sacks for the Browns as a quality run-stopper. Quite frankly, I don't think the Dolphins made a bad move in either case. The hatred for Ginn in Miami was palpable, and I think both parties were better suited going their separate ways. Roth is playing up to the potential in Cleveland that we always knew he had, but he refused to get on the field with a mysterious injury and wore out his welcome with the front office. Just because he's playing a certain way with one team doesn't mean he was ever going to have the motivation to do so with another. If Miami could have gotten something for Roth, they would have. They also got a fifth-round pick for Ginn used on Nolan Carroll, who isn't the returner Ginn is, but also doesn't have a mental block against progression and still has some potential of his own.
  • Cornerback Vontae Davis saw The Town this weekend, after suggestions from myself and other followers of his on twitter. Davis and Kendall Langford also may have gone to the FSU-Miami game this past weekend, but we just don't know...Yeah, it's a slow news day.

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