Lost luggage. Middle seats. Stale peanuts. Air travel is like the weather theres always something to complain about.
For Dannell Ellerbe, add another one to the list: missed work.
Ellerbe was absent from Dolphins organized team activities Monday, and he pointed the finger of blame at the airline industry.
Ellerbe, starting middle linebacker and defensive crown jewel of the Dolphins free agent class, took to Twitter to explain his truancy.
Flight cancelled smh twice this ota, Ellerbe wrote. ima still get my workout bonus #byanymeans
Ellerbe didnt take the morning completely off, however, electing to work out at a fitness center in Greensboro, N.C., not far from his hometown of Rockingham.
Austin Spitler took Ellerbes place with the first team, a bit of a reversal from 2012, when Jason Trusnik was the first linebacker off the bench.
Hes done well; the guys a football player, Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said of Spitler. Hes been very productive. Hes been on top of his assignments, and hes coordinated the front seven very well in these OTAs. Were pleased with what hes doing.
Defensive linemen Dion Jordan and Randy Starks also missed Mondays voluntary session, for vastly different reasons. League rules prohibit Jordan the Dolphins first-round pick from participating in spring workouts because his school, the University of Oregon, operates on the quarters system. Starks is skipping all non-mandatory sessions in protest of his franchise tag.
Corner Jamar Taylor (sports hernia) again worked on the side, as did offensive guard Lance Louis (knee).
The Dolphins did get a bit of welcome news Monday: third-round pick Dallas Thomas worked in individual drills for the first time as a pro.
He had been sidelined all spring while recuperating from labrum surgery.
I was too happy, said Thomas, a rookie offensive lineman out of Tennessee. I called my mama, telling her that Id get to do a little moving around.
Thomas didnt work in team drills, so it still remains unclear how the Dolphins plan to use him. He can play both guard and tackle.
On Monday, Thomas wouldnt talk much about his shoulder, other than to say it responded well to the limited contact.
The Dolphins have made their assistant coaches mostly off-limits this spring, but offensive coordinator Mike Sherman did stop to answer a few questions while leaving the practice field Monday.
Naturally, the conversation made its way to Ryan Tannehill, whos entering his second season as the Dolphins starting quarterback.
Ryans taken another step, Sherman said. Hes got a lot of steps to go still, but in Year 2, I think hes more comfortable in the offense.
He has a great understanding of what to do with the football, he said. So if he has that, then we should be in good shape.
After struggling in last Tuesdays OTA, Tannehill looked better Monday. His only interception, grabbed by Chris Clemons, came on a deflection.