Veteran G Steinbach Retires; Other Notes

Posted Aug 22, 2012

Veteran guard Eric Steinbach has decided to step away from the game of football, with Miami Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin confirming that he will announce his retirement today.

Steinbach was signed the day before training camp decided after missing all of last season with a back injury and was hoping to return to the form that made him one of the most durable offensive linemen in the league. He and Philbin go back to his college days at Iowa where Philbin was his offensive line coach.

“I think a lot of him and I remember him when he was 18-years-old and we had to pull his teeth out to get him to move from tight end to offensive guard,” Philbin said. “He started his first game against Ohio State at 254 pounds and we reminisced about that just yesterday He’s had an exceptional career in the National Football League and was an 8-year starter. He’s got a wonderful young family and he and his wife are expecting their third child here soon. I really enjoyed having him on the ballclub, even though it was just for a short period of time. He was very well respected by his teammates here and I wish him the best.”

The 6-foot-6, 295-pound former Iowa Hawkeye started 124 of the 125 games he played in eight seasons from 2003-10. He never missed a start in 62 games with the team that drafted him in the second round in 2003, the Cincinnati Bengals, and he started 62 of 63 games with the Cleveland Browns from 2007-10.

So with this move, Philbin has to reevaluate the situation on the offensive line from a depth perspective and he admitted it’s something that is fluid and can change from day to day. Third-year guard John Jerry has been getting a lot more practice reps with Artis Hicks taking a breather and Steinbach limiting his reps, but there are others still in the mix in that group.

“He really wanted to prove to himself that he could come back and physically be the player that he once was,” Philbin said of Steinbach. “We’ll be fine.”

DOLPHINS TIDBITS: The team conducted its entire practice today inside the bubble, which is part of the regular-season routine two days before a game and the players were in shorts. … Rookie B.J. Cunningham made the catch of the day, going up near the goal line in between starting cornerback Sean Smith and starting safety Chris Clemons to reel in a 45-yard touchdown pass from Matt Moore. He made a nice adjustment on the ball in mid-air and got his eyes on it before either Smith or Clemons cold locate it. … Defensive end Ryan Baker showed off his soft hands by making a one-handed interception of a ball Moore was tying to throw away to avoid a sack. … Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill showed off his accuracy and zip on pinpoint passes he threw to Marlon Moore and Roberto Wallace, and then showed off his touch with a perfectly arced 30-yard pass to Davone Bess just over the outstretched hands of safety Jimmy Wilson. … Fifth-year safety Tyrell Johnson also had an interception.
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