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Notebook: Starks, Jerry Return To Practice; Other Notes

Posted Aug 20, 2013

Veteran linemen rejoin teammates on the practice field.



The Dolphins had some big pieces back at practice on Tuesday, and that’s literally and figuratively.

Defensive tackle Randy Starks took part in practice for the first time since the first week of training camp. Guard John Jerry, meanwhile, took part in team drills for the first time since July 24 after returning to practice on a limited basis last week.

Neither player has appeared in any preseason game so far.

“It feels very good getting back out here, getting back with the guys,” Jerry said. “I’ve been kind of the rag doll for the last three weeks with the guys, so it’s truly great to get back out. Just coming out today, getting a little live contact, that was good.”

Said Starks: “It was cool just being out there with my teammates, try to get better.”

When asked whether he was antsy to get back to practice, Starks replied: “A little bit. At the same time I’m glad camp is over.”

Along with Jerry and Starks, tight end Kyle Miller also returned to practice. He had been sidelined since the Hall of Fame Game.

ROSTER MOVES

The Dolphins on Tuesday put tight end Dustin Keller on injured reserve, officially ending his season. Keller sustained a knee injury in the 24-17 loss against Houston Saturday night.

“It’s always unfortunate anytime anybody gets injured,” wide receiver Mike Wallace said. “He was a good part of our team and he’s going to continue to be with us. We just have to pick it up for him, keep him in our prayers. But that happens all the time. He understands. I think he has a positive mind-set right now about rehabbing and coming back and everybody is just going to pray for him.”

In addition to putting Keller on IR, the Dolphins signed linebacker Nathan Williams, a rookie from Ohio State.

Williams made 19 starts in his last two seasons at Ohio State, sandwiched around an injury-shortened 2011 campaign. Williams’ best season in college came in 2010 when he had 9.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and four passes broken up.

NEW STADIUM ACCESS POLICY

The Dolphins will play at home for the first time this preseason Saturday night when they take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and fans should be aware of new stadium guidelines.

To provide a safer environment for the public and significantly expedite fan entry into stadiums, NFL teams have implemented an NFL policy this year that limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into stadiums.

The NFL strongly encourages fans to not bring any type of bags, but outlined today what is permissible. Beginning with preseason games, fans will be able to carry the following style and size bag, package, or container at stadium plaza areas, stadium gates, or when approaching queue lines of fans awaiting entry into the stadium:

Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12.” (Official NFL team logo clear plastic tote bags will be available through club merchandise outlets or at nflshop.com/allclear), or one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).

Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the stadium with one of the clear plastic bags.

An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose.

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, seat cushions, luggage of any kind, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.

For more information, visit http://www.nfl.com/allclear.

BABY NEWS

Wide receiver Brian Tyms shared some exciting news with his Twitter followers Monday night when he tweeted: “Found out today im having a baby boy #2 cannot wait to meet my son @MsGrownNSexy12.

@MsGrownNSexy12 is the Twitter handle for Tyms’ girlfriend, Christal Washington, who was a track athlete at Florida State University.

Tyms and Washington also have a girl, Aaliyah, who will turn 3 in September.

THIS AND THAT

Teams from the Canadian Football League have sent officials to Dolphins practice on a regular basis this summer and the assistant general manager for the expansion Ottawa RedBlacks, Brock Sunderland, watched part of practice Tuesday. The RedBlack begin play next season. … Cornerback Richard Marshall got some brief work at safety, with Head Coach Joe Philbin indicating it was simply of matter of preparing for all circumstances. … The musical selections during the stretching period Tuesday included “Icky Thump” by The White Stripes and “Candy” by Cameo.

THE LAST WORD

Guard Richie Incognito on the progress of the offensive line:
“There’s good plays, there’s bad plays. We’ve won more battles than we’ve lost as an offensive line. We’ve had some shuffling pieces, some new faces in there. We’re trying to find rhythm right now. I think we found rhythm in parts in that Houston game. That’s something we can hang our hat on, being able to run the football and grind people down.”
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