Today the Miami Dolphins announced that they have terminated the contract of two players, waived 18 others, and acquired versatile offensive lineman Pat McQuistan from the Cowboys for an undisclosed draft pick.
There are some definite surprises here, starting with the fact that TE David Martin, re-signed midway through training camp, has had his contract terminated. The team can, of course, bring him back early in the regular season, which could change the amount of guaranteed money that he is owed.
Tonight, the Dolphins will play their final pre-season game of 2010 as they get their first look at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Despite the interest in the new stadium and the storyline of guys like Jeff Ireland and Tony Sparano returning to their old stomping grounds, this game is all business for Miami. After sputtering on offense and looking sloppy on defense in what was supposed to be the “dress rehearsal” game against Atlanta last Friday night, the Fins need to show the fans and their coaches a little bit more tonight.
Head Coach Tony Sparano met with the media today for the first time since Saturday night and had plenty to say about the 10-7 win in the pre-season opener as well as plenty of other things. First, some good news: both Patrick Cobbs and Tim Dobbins, who missed the game, are expected back at practice this afternoon. On the other side, the coach said he has “no idea what the time frame is” as far as CB Will Allen’s return from what has been reported as arthroscopic knee surgery.
Coach Tony Sparano met with the media early this afternoon and we’ll start with the bad news: CB Will Allen, coming off a major knee injury was not on the practice field this morning and Sparano said that the team has sent Allen back to the doctor to have that knee reexamined. If he has suffered a serious setback it is a major blow to the depth at corner that was part of what has made this defense so intriguing.