Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril participated in the team's final minicamp practice last week and should be ready for the start of training camp in late July, per the Seattle Times. Avril was suffering from plantar fascia.
Seattle defensive end Bruce Irvin has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2013 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances, the team reported Friday. Irvin will be eligible to return to the Seahawks' active roster on Monday, Sept. 30 following the team's Sept. 29 game against the Texans. Irvin is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games. "I want to apologize to my teammates, coaches and Seahawks fans for making a mistake when I took a substance that is prohibited in the NFL without a medical exemption," Irvin said in a statement. "I am extremely disappointed in the poor judgment I showed and take full responsibility for my actions. I will not appeal the discipline and instead will focus my energy on preparing for the season so I can begin earning your trust and respect again. I look forward to contributing to the team the moment I return."
ESPN reports that Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett has been diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff. Bennett signed with Seattle earlier in the month after spending each of the last four seasons with the Buccaneers.
The Seattle Times reports that Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice was on crutches due to a knee injury on Monday following the playoff ouster at Atlanta. No injury was reported following the game, and Rice finished with four catches for 60 yards in the 30-28 loss to the Falcons.
Seahawks tight end Zach Miller missed Tuesday's minicamp practice with what coach Pete Carroll called a sore foot. He was wearing a boot on the same leg he suffered a torn plantar fascia against the Falcons in the playoffs last year, according to the Tacoma News Tribune.
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.