A highly entertaining meeting between coach Tony Sparano and the media this afternoon, as the coach discussed a couple of more colorful subjects than normal. First, though, the latest on the injury front: Guard John Jerry once again missed the bulk of the morning practice today and Sparano said he is concerned, though not “very concerned” about the health of his rookie third rounder. Greg Camarillo and Tristan Davis were both out again and are “day-to-day.” And the coach revealed that offensive lineman Nate Garner had a surgery this past week on the same foot that was hurt in the off-season. UPDATE: Our buddy Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald is reporting that Garner is likely to miss 6-8 weeks. As for some good news, Patrick Cobbs was back at practice this morning. Other things that stood out:
-A lot of talk about fullback Lousaka Polite today (see below) and the coach said that his biggest improvements as of late have been as a blocker.
-Sparano mentioned that during practice he makes basically all of the interior linemen (both offensive and defensive) wear knee braces to try and cut down on injuries. In game situations, only the o-line has to.
-The coach said that the offensive line played “fairly well” on Saturday night vs. Tampa Bay, but that the conditions were far more favorable for an offensive line than a defensive line and that “offensive lineman wish that [muddy conditions] would happen every week.” He also said that he really wants to figure out who all the starters will be in the next week or so.
-When asked about the value of pre-season film, Sparano said that the team will probably watch some of the third pre-season games of both the Bills and Vikings, the teams that Miami plays in Weeks 1 and 2. He said that’s really the game you can get the most out of.
UPDATE: Here are some very entertaining video highlights, as Sparano addresses Brandon Marshall’s emotions, Polite’s importance to this team, and how he feels about using profanity. Must-see TV, trust me:
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