Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Porter returns to practice

SLB Joey Porter returned to practice on Monday following arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. This is very good news because it gives Porter another week and a half or so to get back into game shape and reestablish confidence in his ability to play at full speed on his knee. Even though he is initially only practicing on a limited basis, it's a good sign that he came away from Monday's session feeling good. Now will be the time for him to test the knee and make sure that it is fully healthy entering the regular season.

There is absolutely no need to rush this process, and although Porter will still be getting acclimated to the defensive scheme at the beginning of the season, the coaching staff should not jeopardize his long-term health by playing him in the team's final preseason game.


In other injury news, T Mike Rosenthal was placed on Injured Reserve. When the team signed him as a free agent, I expected him to compete for a top backup job, but I heard very little about him through minicamp and training camp. He must have been very underwhelming. He then injured his shoulder in early August and has not practiced for almost a month. Even though I think Rosenthal would be healthy in time to play at some point this season, he's obviously not good enough for the team to reserve a spot on the roster for him. Instead, he's on IR and Miami will be able to retain his rights for another year.

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