The Daily Dolphin

Suspension of Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan now six games; he’s undergoing treatment
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 4:58 PM

Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan’s four-game suspension to begin this season has been lifted, but that news was immediately overshadowed when the NFL imposed a new ban on Jordan that will mean he will miss the first six games of the season.

The Dolphins issued a news release Friday afternoon saying that while the initial suspension was lifted under terms of the new NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances, the league is suspending Jordan for the next four games without pay for violating the policy on performance-enhancers.

“I am currently undergoing treatment to address my situation,” Jordan said in a statement released by [More]

Dolphins RB Daniel Thomas glad to change jersey number; Could Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles play?
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 3:51 PM

If Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas gets on the field Sunday against the Chiefs — and he probably will in some capacity — you’ll notice one immediate difference. He’ll be wearing No. 30, not No. 33.

Thomas was cut by the Dolphins just before the season started. But the Dolphins brought him back after Knowshon Moreno dislocated his elbow last week. But No. 33, which Thomas wore since he was a second-round pick by Miami in 2011, is now worn by practice squad safety Brandian Ross.

After struggling for three seasons in Miami and getting cut, Thomas said he’s glad [More]

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill grilled at press conference, says he’s not happy with himself
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 4:46 PM

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s press conference had one of the toughest press conferences of his career today.

Tannehill handled it well, but nearly every question was about his poor performance and accuracy issues through the first two games — including if he hears the criticism from fans and if not whether his wife tells him about it.

“I don’t really hear anything,” he said. “I have Twitter but I don’t have it on my phone so I never look at it. My wife doesn’t tell me anything obviously.”

Does his wife hear criticism about his performance?

“I don’t know,” he said. “I [More]

Dolphins’ Reshad Jones and Dion Jordan remain suspended despite change in NFL drug testing policy
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:09 PM

A change in the NFL’s drug testing policy has benefited several prominent players, but not Miami’s Dion Jordan and Reshad Jones.

Denver receiver Wes Welker, Dallas cornerback Orlando Scandrick and St. Louis receiver Stedman Bailey will all have their four game suspensions cut in half and they’ll be eligible to play on Sunday.

The NFL is implementing human growth hormone testing but is no longer suspending first time violators for positive offseason amphetamine tests.

Until now, testing positive for amphetamines were treated the same as performance enhancers and triggered an automatic four game suspension.

Under the new guidelines, positive tests [More]

Mike Pouncey, Billy Turner, Jordan Tripp return to practice for Dolphins; Charles Clay on sideline
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 2:42 PM

Rookies linebacker Jordan Tripp (chest) and left guard Billy Turner (foot), who have been out since the preseason, returned to practice today.

But the bigger news is center Mike Pouncey. While he wasn’t with the first team, he practiced for the first time since undergoing offseason hip surgery. It’s too early to tell if he could be back on Sunday against the Chiefs, but the offensive line struggled in last week’s loss to Buffalo and could have used him.

Tight end Charles Clay, who was limited in practice last week with a knee injury that slowed him in the preseason, [More]

NFL reportedly set to accept new drug testing policy which means suspended Dolphins could return vs. Chiefs
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 9:24 AM

The NFL and NFLPA are set to announce the league’s new drug testing policy today, according to a report from CBS Sports.

That could mean good news for the Dolphins.

The NFLPA accepted the league’s proposal on Friday which adds hGh testing to the NFL but also reclassifies off-season positive amphetamine tests from performance enhancers to substance abuse.

Many of the current players suspended — including Miami’s Dion Jordan and Reshad Jones as well as Denver’s Wes Welker — reportedly would not have failed under the new guidelines. The NFLPA expects them reinstated.

NFL Media initially reported on Friday that [More]

Dolphins OC Bill Lazor: Blame rests 100 percent on me (with more Lazor thoughts and our take)
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 3:19 PM

After scoring 33 points in a season opening win against New England, Miami’s offense was held to 10 points in a 29-10 loss to Buffalo yesterday. Here’s offensive coordinator Bill Lazor from today’s press conference.

Q: Last week you said the passing game needed to get better. Can you talk about yesterday?

A: I wasn’t lying to you was I? I told you. There’s no doubt the blame rests 100 percent on me when the unit fails in an area, whether it be completing enough passes, whatever the area is. And I felt like when you look at us right now if [More]

With Knowshon Moreno injured, RB Daniel Thomas returning to Dolphins
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:33 AM

With Knowshon Moreno out for the foreseeable future with a dislocated elbow, the Dolphins have called on a familiar face to replace him.

Daniel Thomas, who was released by Miami in the final cuts, is returning. The team hasn’t officially announced the move yet, but the Palm Beach Post has confirmed that Thomas is back.

Thomas would seemingly be the team’s third option behind Lamar Miller and rookie Damien Williams. While Williams had a strong training camp and preseason, it gives the team a veteran presence.

Thomas, a 2012 draft pick, struggled in his three seasons with the Dolphins. He had one standout [More]

FinsCast: Mike Wallace bashes Dolphins’ intensity, effort in 29-10 loss to Buffalo
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:22 AM

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Dolphins didn’t just lose to Buffalo in Week 2 — they were crushed. The Bills defeated Miami 29-10. Listen to the latest FinsCast and hear receiver Mike Wallace criticize the team’s effort and intensity as well as Cortland Finnegan get defensive when asked about a strong game from Bills receiver Sammy Watkins.

And if you haven’t read them already here are a couple of stories from Sunday’s game:

Dolphins routed 29-10 by Bills, who have plenty to celebrate Grading the Dolphins in Game 2

Lastly, check out a video with Dolphins writer Andrew Abramson and [More]

Live chat: Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 10:00 AM

Last year, the Dolphins stumbled badly at Buffalo, the scene of today’s game. Will Miami build on its season-opening win against New England? Follow the action from Buffalo all day long!

Miami Dolphins-Bills story lines: Mike Wallace says they could have scored 50 on Pats
Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:26 AM

Wallace: We could have scored 50

We all know how the Dolphins struggled for points last season, so it was refreshing to hear players describe how unsatisfied they were despite scoring 33 against New England.

“Not bragging or boasting, but I honestly feel like we could have had at least 50 points,” receiver Mike Wallace said. “I had a fumble early in the game. Lamar (Miller) had a fumble. A double move should have been a touchdown. … If we just hit those plays, we already had 21 more points, so that’s already 50.”

Wallace cited various could-have plays, but three stand out [More]

NFL revising drug testing policy but unclear if suspended Dolphins’ Reshad Jones and Dion Jodan can return this weekend
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 1:26 PM

A major change in the NFL drug’s policy could have immediate benefits for two Dolphins players.

Safety Reshad Jones and defensive end Dion Jordan — who were suspended for the first four games of the season after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs — will be reinstated after the NFL Players Association approved the league’s revised drug policy, NFL Media reported.

But league spokesman Greg Aiello told ESPN late Friday that “there continues to be significant unresolved issues” with the drug policy. One major issue, ESPN reported, is whether players who are suspended under the current guidelines but wouldn’t have been under the [More]

Dolphins linebacker Philip Wheeler expects to play Sunday (and more info on linebackers)
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 6:07 PM

The Dolphins still have major holes to fill at linebacker heading into Sunday’s game against Buffalo but they might be getting one of their starters back.

Philip Wheeler, who missed Sunday’s season opener against New England with a thumb injury, said he expects to play against the Bills and will be listed as probable when the final injury report comes out.

He has practiced for the last two weeks with a cast on his right thumb. The Dolphins decided not to play against him New England but they lost their two other starters — Koa Misi and Dannell Ellerbe — in the [More]

Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno wins FedEx Ground Player of Week
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 4:28 PM

The awards keep on piling up for the Dolphins.

Running back Knowshon Moreno was named FedEx Ground Player of the Week after rushing 24 times for 134 yards and a touchdown in a 33-20 win against New England.

The award comes a day after Cam Wake was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week.

While Wake’s award was handed out by the league, Moreno won by popular vote from fans. When you defeat New England by 13 points in the season opener, you’re going to win some awards.

What a difference a month makes with Moreno. He was a late arrival to training camp [More]

Dolphins WR Mike Wallace: I should’ve made more plays (w/injury updates)
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:03 AM

Injury update (12:40 p.m.): Dolphins practice is underway and linebacker Chris McCain is back after missing two practices with an illness.

Defensive tackle Randy Starks (toe) remains in a walking boot. Linebacker Koa Misi, who is not expected to play Sunday against the Bills, is no longer in a cast but he is now wearing a boot on his left ankle. Neither player practiced.

Linebacker Philip Wheeler was practicing but still has his thumb in a cast. He is iffy at best for Sunday.


The most promising aspect of receiver Mike Wallace’s second season debut for Miami was that he [More]

Dolphins defensive tackle Randy Starks latest injury for Miami
Wed, 10 Sep 2014 1:07 PM

**Update (5:45 p.m.): Randy Starks injury is toe related and Chris McCain has in fact been out with an illness for the last two days. Also, linebacker Philip Wheeler, whose thumb is in a cast, told the Post after practice that he thinks there’s a good chance he will play against the Bills. Take that one for what it’s worth: Dannell Ellerbe said after the Pats game that he was fine. And now he’s out for the season.


Practice has begun for the Dolphins and there’s another defensive injury: Randy Starks.

Starks, who practiced on Tuesday, has a boot on [More]

Buffalo fired up for Sunday’s game against Dolphins; Cam Wake wins Defensive Player of the Week
Wed, 10 Sep 2014 9:08 AM

Dolphins rookie defensive tackle Anthony Johnson on Tuesday was still reveling about his first regular season game experience, saying Sun Life Stadium in last week’s win over the Pats reminded him of his home games at LSU.

“The fans were amazing down here in Miami,” Johnson said. “It felt like Tiger Stadium, man. It felt like Death Valley back in Baton Rouge.”

If Johnson thought Dolphins fans were fired up, wait until he travels to Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday where home advantage could play an even bigger than role than usual.

The Dolphins defeated New England 33-20 on Sunday [More]

Dolphins OC Bill Lazor evaluates speed, Tannehill and Moreno/Miller competition (updated with practice notes)
Tue, 09 Sep 2014 10:38 AM

It’s officially time to shed “new” in front of Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor’s title. He proved that he knows what he’s doing after the Dolphins scored 33 points in their season opening 33-20 win against the Patriots. They probably should’ve scored more. Lazor certainly had a better debut than new Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, who was also in the running for Miami’s OC job.

Lazor gave his first post-game press conference on Monday. Here are some highlights with our take.

On quarterback Ryan Tannehill:

Lazor: “My number one feeling is that we better get better fast, particularly in the passing game. [More]

Dolphins linebacker Dannell Ellerbe out for the season
Mon, 08 Sep 2014 1:17 PM

The Dolphins hoped that moving Dannell Ellerbe from middle to weak-side linebacker would help him rediscover his game.

He barely had a chance to try it.

After injuring his left hip early in Sunday’s season-opening victory over New England, Ellerbe was placed on injured reserve Monday. That means he is out for the season. Miami signed linebacker Kelvin Sheppard, who spent his first two seasons in Buffalo and started seven games for Indianapolis in 2013.

Ellerbe, 28, struggled last year after signing a five-year, $35 million contract. He is owed $8.4 million in 2015 — $9.9 million against the cap — but if they [More]

Pro Football Focus: Top grades for Dolphins’ Albert, Satele, Tannehill, Wake, Odrick, Wilson, Starks
Mon, 08 Sep 2014 9:49 AM

The Dolphins’ Pro Football Focus grades are in and seven players scored higher than a +2.0 which is the equivalent of an outstanding game.

On offense, left tackle Branden Albert had the highest score at a +5.4. He had the highest grade of any tackle in the NFL for Week 1.

Center Samson Satele was next at +4.1 followed by quarterback Ryan Tannehill at +3.2.

Tannehill’s score is somewhat of a surprise considering he had a 79.9 passer rating and struggled in the first half.

On defense Cam Wake had an amazing +6.7. His pass rush score of +6.8 was by far the [More]