Dolphins Watch

July 31, 2010 1:58 PM

White's season in jeopardy

WHITE.bmpTraining camp has barely started, and already the Dolphins have experienced a flurry of personnel moves.

First, nose tackle Jason Ferguson retired two weeks ago. Then, projected starting defensive end Philip Merling tore his Achilles' tendon and will miss the season. Thursday night, the team signed its top two draft picks, Jared Odrick and Koa Misi, in time for the start of camp.

But now comes some more bad news, as some media outlets are reporting that Pat White, the team's second-round pick last year, may miss the season with what's being described as "a non-related football issue that is described as serious."

White was placed on the active/non-football injury list Friday, but he did practice Saturday morning.

Bo White Jr., Pat's older brother, told a local newspaper that he was "not even exactly sure what was going on," but hinted the problem might have had something to do with motivation.

White struggled last season, as the team tried to integrate him in the "Wildcat" offense. White missed on all six pass attempts, and was knocked out of the season finale against Pittsburgh with a concussion.

The team brought in Arena Football League starter Tommy Grady for a tryout, which means they are taking White's issue seriously.

It's a potentially big blow to the teams' quarterbacking depth. Chad Pennington is working his way back from a shoulder operation last October, leaving Tyler Thigpen as the only healthy quarterback behind starter Chad Henne.

It remains to be seen if the reports about White are true, but if they are, it would be a huge blow to his development, not to mention more evidence the Dolphins may have wasted their pick on him last season.

As far as the action on the field goes, reports are that Brandon Marshall has been as good as advertised, shrugging off corner Sean Smith for a 30-yard gain Thursday, and dominating the rest of the first day of camp.

SI's Peter King thinks Misi is going to be the real deal, projecting him as a potential impact player at outside linebacker.

Fellow SI scribe Don Banks recently ranked the Dolphins 17th in his preseason predictions, writing, "the Fish did have a quality offseason and should be better on both sides of the ball thanks to the addition of Karlos Dansby on defense and Marshall on offense."

I plan to visit training camp sometime next week, so I'll post something about the goings-on there, and of course, provide a follow-up on White if more news breaks.

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