Dolphins Watch

July 22, 2010 11:00 AM

Merling out for the season

MERLING.bmpThe disastrous offseason continued for Dolphins defensive end Phillip Merling, who reportedly tore his Achilles' tendon during normal workouts Thursday and will miss the upcoming season.

It's the second time the Dolphins have lost a defensive starter in a week: Last week, nose tackle Jason Ferguson announced his retirement.

Merling had been a bit of a disappointment after being a high draft pick for the Dolphins in 2008. Last year, he lost his starting defensive end job to Randy Starks. This season, Merling was supposed to be the starter on the right side, but now that job will likely fall to first round pick Jared Odrick.

Merling had also come under fire after a felony battery charge May 27 for an incident involving his pregnant girlfriend.

The season hasn't even begun, and the Dolphins have already taken two hits on their defensive line, which struggled last season after Ferguson went down with a torn biceps.

The Dolphins also announced their training camp practice schedule, with the first session Friday, July 2 at 2 p.m.

Practices will be held at the team's training facility on the Nova Southeastern University campus. The last session is Wednesday, Aug. 11 at 9 a.m.

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