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NOTEBOOK: Spitler Feels Like He Never Left; Other Notes

Posted Oct 2, 2013

Former Ohio State linebacker gets to return to defense he knows.



Three weeks might not seem like a long time to some, but for Austin Spitler it felt like an eternity.

The fourth-year linebacker out of Ohio State who was a seventh-round pick of the Miami Dolphins in the 2010 NFL Draft was waived one week before the season opener. Today he was back at practice after catching a flight out of Dayton, Ohio last night and thankful that he didn’t just sit back and dwell on not being a part of an NFL roster.

“I was bored out of my mind but I was here most of the time working out,” said Spitler, who appeared in 43 games for Miami in his first three seasons, mostly on special teams. “I went back to Ohio for a little bit for a weekend here or there, saw the family and got to go to the (Ohio State-Wisconsin) game this past weekend so I was just bored and trying to find something to do.”

Spitler did receive a number of calls from other NFL teams after he was released and he worked out for the New England Patriots but was still without a team. When linebacker and good friend Jason Trusnik suffered a rib injury Monday night at New Orleans, his phone rang again and this time it was to suit up again.

Since he is coming back to the team he played for and spent training camp with, the learning curve is non-existent. He is already familiar with defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle’s system and with the personnel he’d be out on the field with.

“It’s definitely nice. I wanted to be here so it worked itself out,” Spitler said. “It’s just good to be back and I felt fine at practice because I have been working out. It was good to see everybody and it’s good to get back and talk crap to some guys. I’ll be fine come Sunday because I’ve been down here training in the heat.”

MONEY IN MUSIC

There were only two songs on the docket today during the stretching period and both had money as the theme. Pusher T’s “Millions” started things off and then Jay-Z, featuring Travi$ Scott closed out the session with “Crown,” his message to the different sports agents he is now competing with.

THE LAST WORD

“Tough is an understatement. Since I’ve been here, since I’ve been playing football I haven’t missed a game for injury since 2001, so that was really tough not being out there with the guys and obviously feeling like I could go out there and help in some way, shape or form and was kind of feeling helpless on the sideline. But at the end of the day I just had to go out there and do what I could, whether it was coaching up guys or cheering them on, but obviously I’d just much rather be out there. … If I had one leg I’d try to go out there and run around but we had to make the decision that was best for me and best for the team.” – Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake on being inactive Monday night at New Orleans with a knee injury
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