Dolphins rookie cornerback Jamar Taylor had surgery to repair a hernia and will cost him up to three weeks of practice time. He's a candidate to be back for a June minicamp and should be OK for the start of training camp.
The Miami Herald reports that Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas expects to compete for the starting job even though Lamar Miller is considered the front-runner. I dont know why [Miller] would have the inside track, Thomas said. Its an open competition. Everybody has a fair shot. The best player is going to get the job. Nobody has a leg up. Im looking to be that guy . Thats why I put the work in. Thomas said he trained in Arizona with other players including Tim Tebow, Terrell Suggs, LaRon Landry and James Harrison: I wanted to get my legs back stronger [after knee surgery], he said. Ive been very inconsistent. Ive had a lot of injures. This is the year Ive got to put everything together. When Im healthy and on top of my game, I feel like I can play with the best of them.
Colts linebacker Pat Angerer might be out until the start of training camp after undergoing a second surgery to fix a broken bone in his right foot. He said his foot feels better now than it did all last year, according to the Indianapolis Star.
When asked about his running backs Colts head coach Chuck Pagano conceded that Vick Ballard was the primary option but that Donald Brown would be in the mix. He even went as far as to call him a "home-run hitter" while expressing thankfulness for his health. "Donnies in great shape and healthy and looks fantastic to this point in the offseason program," Pagano said. "Can Vick be an every-down guy? Yeah. Can Donnie be an every-down guy? Yeah. They are different types of runners and are more than capable on third down, knowing the protections and picking up blitzers and being effective once they get out to catch the football and doing those things out of the backfield."
In an interesting interview with Sports Illustrated it was revealed that receiver Austin Collie might not run at full speed until October as he makes his way back from a ruptured right patellar tendon suffered in 2012. He's also upset with the stigma that he's concussion prone. "Honestly, it's getting to me. It's getting frustrating to deal with the perception, and this is like the first time I've admitted that," Collie said. "... Obviously from the public's view it's going to take a few years of not having anything go wrong, because if it does, people are going to be like, 'Oh, this kid's fragile again.' ... But when you really look at my career, for three of my four years in the league, I've had over 50 catches and 500 yards, and 2011 was the only year I suffered in the touchdown category, playing with three or four different quarterbacks. People think I've been gone the past three years because of concussions, or that all I've been doing is getting hurt. I can't do anything about the perception. All I'm looking for is a chance, because it's been kind of a perfect storm type of situation I've been dealing with. I'm ready for my luck to change."