Pat White did not arrive for the first day of Dolphins training camp. Rumors swirled: White was going to be traded; White was upset; White had been injured and would be lost for the season.
That last story gained some legs. The Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald both reported that White was out with a non-football injury and would possibly miss the 2010 season. But today, White made a surprise appearance at Dolphins camp.
Mike Berardino of the Sun Sentinel spoke with White’s older brother. Berardino writes:
Pat White is a good guy with a fine future. But that doesn’t take away from the fact White is dealing with a personal issue that a source has said makes playing football difficult for him at this stage.
“I couldn’t tell you what day he’s going to be out there or when he’s going to be back on the field,” Bo White Jr. said by phone from Daphne, Ala., where the White family lives and Pat White starred in high school. ” “Being a young man, he’s just trying to find – I’m trying to put this in the best way — I guess his position in life. I think that may have something to do with it. Just life, you know, in general.”
Berardino points out that the scary concussion White suffered against the Steelers late last season might be resonating with White and his family:
Pat White’s parents, Bo Sr. and Vonametris, were at Sun Life Stadium on that frightening Jan. 3 when their son was wheeled off the field on a motorized cart following a helmet-to-helmet collision with Steelers defensive back Ike Taylor. Bo White Sr. rode in the ambulance to the hospital with his son, while his mother rode in a squad car to the hospital along with Patrick Turner’s father, who is a police officer in Nashville and was at the game as well, Bo White Jr. said.
Following that hit, which resulted in White’s second concussion in as many seasons — he also suffered one against Rutgers as a West Virginia senior, his older brother said — there was some thought within the family of possible retirement.
-- Andy Benoit
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