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NOTEBOOK: Delmas Injured; Other Notes From South Carolina

Posted Aug 19, 2015

Here's a look at a busy day of news for the Dolphins following the first of two joint practices with the Carolina Panthers.

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Dolphins safety Louis Delmas was carted off the practice field at Wofford College on Wednesday morning after sustaining an injury to his right leg.

Delmas, who has looked impressive in coming back from a torn ACL sustained last December, was injured during a one-on-one drill against Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr., the former Dolphins first-round pick.

According to multiple reports citing anonymous sources, Delmas again tore his right ACL.

The injury occurred not long after Panthers starting wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin was carted off the field after falling to the ground and holding his knee in another one-on-one drill against safety Reshad Jones.

Both were non-contact injuries.

“It’s just tough,” wide receiver Matt Hazel said. “You have to shoot a prayer to (Delmas and Benjamin). That’s like losing a brother. All of us are brothers. That’s a brotherhood we’ve got going over with the Miami Dolphins. It’s just like a big family. My prayers go out to (Delmas). I’m probably going to shoot him a text or call him later.”

FAMILIAR FACES

Ginn is one of three former Dolphins players on the Carolina roster, along with linebacker Jason Trusnik and defensive tackle Chas Alecxih.

Alecxih spent time on the Dolphins practice squad in 2012, while Trusnik spent the past four seasons with Miami, starting 10 games at linebacker and playing a major role on special teams.

Trusnik chatted with the Dolphins’ three returning specialists — punter Brandon Fields, kicker Caleb Sturgis and long snapper John Denney — after practice.

As for Ginn, who played three seasons with the Dolphins after being the ninth overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft, he called practicing against his former team “bittersweet.”

STATUS REPORT

Wide receiver DeVante Parker did not practice Wednesday despite having been activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list early in the morning.

Linebackers Koa Misi (calf) and Jordan Tripp (ankle) also did not practice.

Tackle Branden Albert did some work during practice, including some team drills, but did not participate in any situation against the Panthers.

STAYING COOL

Tempers were kept in check during practice Wednesday, and Head Coach Joe Philbin said he didn’t expect that to change when the Dolphins and Panthers reconvene Thursday.

He said his message to his players to keep things calm will be simple.

“Just continue to be professional and handle themselves the way they did today and I’m sure everything is going to be fine,” Philbin said. “I think it’s a reflection of Ron (Rivera) and his staff and myself and our staff and our players. ... I said to the Carolina Panthers, ‘Hey, we love the way you guys play football, you’ve got a tough, hard, physical defense. We like to play the game the same. We came down here to compete and get better as a team, not to have barroom brawls.’ I don’t see it being an issue.”

PRACTICE HIGHLIGHTS

Defensive end Cameron Wake and linebacker Chris McCain both came up with interceptions during drills against the Panthers. Wake’s pick came off a screen pass and McCain got his after safety Louis Delmas hit tight end Scott Simonson as he was trying to bring in a pass. ... Andrew Franks kicked field goals in live situations early in practice and made 4 of 5 attempts. ... Rookie tight end Tim Semisch was the long snapper during a special teams drill against the Panthers.

THIS AND THAT

All Dolphins players wore aqua jerseys, which is what they’ll wear for the game Saturday night. ... Several Dolphins jerseys were spotted among the crowd that greeted the players at Wofford College. Among those was a Dan Marino jersey. ... Tight ends Dion Sims, Gerell Robinson and Semisch stayed late on the field doing work with an assistant coach. ... Backup QBs McLeod Bethel-Thompson and Josh Freeman also stayed late throwing passes.

LAST WORD

“This is good for both sides of the ball. Both teams are going against unfamiliar opponents and we really didn’t have a lot of time to scout them, too. It’s just us vs. them on both sides. It’s a process. We’ve got two days of it and then a game. It’s good work for both teams and both teams will get better because of this. We have to become a better team.” — Tackle Jason Fox
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