Monday, March 19, 2007

Eckel and Lehan re-signed; Porter cited for battery

Here's the latest news out of Miami:

- The Dolphins re-signed FB Kyle Eckel and CB Michael Lehan, both to one-year contracts. Lehan was a fifth-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2003. Last year, he played in 15 games for Miami, mostly on special teams, recording 19 tackles and 2 passes broken up.
Eckel practiced with the team for the second half of last season after being dismissed from the Naval Academy. Both of these players will likely fight for spots on the roster in training camp.

- Newly acquired LB Joey Porter was cited for misdemeanor battery after allegedly punching Bengals OT Levi Jones in the face after a dispute at a Las Vegas casino. These players have a history of trash-talking on the field, and that trash-talking continued at a blackjack table. They took the dispute outside to the valet area, where Porter punched Jones causing a small laceration above his eye. No serious injuries were sustained. While no court date was immediately set, Porter could face up to a year in jail and up to a $1,000 fine. The police investigation is not expected to be completed until the end of the week. Cam Cameron refrained from commenting.

It's a bit upsetting to see Porter involved in a situation like this, but it doesn't seem to be anything too serious. I don't expect Porter to miss any time for what happened. Hopefully, incidents like this don't continue to occur, especially with the league looking to crack down on behavioral conduct issues.

- In other legal news, a hearing for WR Marcus Vick that was scheduled to take place this week has been postponed until May 8. The hearing was for a teen girl who is suing Vick, accusing him of sexual battery upon a minor, fraud and other charges. The hearing is for the judge to consider a motion to dismiss the case.

- The team's interest in Kansas City QB Trent Green seems to be cooling.

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