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Vacation Time For Dolphins Players...Or Is It?

Posted Jun 14, 2013

Dolphins share their vacation plans before returning for training camp in late July.



The Dolphins wrapped up their offseason work on Thursday, and now the players have a month away from the training facility before they reconvene for training camp in late July.

For many of them, though, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s about taking some time off.

In a small sampling of players after Thursday’s final practice of the spring, training and working out was a popular answer when it came to their plans for the next five weeks.

It was the case for defensive end Olivier Vernon, center Mike Pouncey, running back Lamar Miller and tight end Dustin Keller. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill, meanwhile, talked about getting together with his wide receivers somewhere in South Florida but away from the Dolphins facility.

“No days off, man,” Vernon said. “Just pretty much working out training and waiting for this training camp to start.”

Running back/kick returner Marcus Thigpen and Mike Wallace share the same plans of taking their children to Disney World, while linebacker Philip Wheeler talked about a couple of potential trips, one to Jamaica and one overseas.

Among players with projects over the next month, linebacker Dannell Ellerbe will be hosting a one-day football camp in North Carolina on July 13, while wide receiver Marvin McNutt will be the co-host of a comedy show in Iowa on June 22.

In addition to working out with his twin brother Maurkice, the starting center for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mike Pouncey will be getting ready for a big event — the scheduled July 15 birth of his son. Pouncey, who also has a 5-year-old daughter, said his son will be named Kaydin.

For his part, Head Coach Joe Philbin said he was mainly planning on spending time with his family.

“I’m certainly ready for (a break), but I love coming to work,” Philbin said. “Practice in football is fun. It was a long time before these guys showed up. Getting on the field is fun. I’m anxious to get away, but I’ll also be looking forward to coming back.”

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