Two months of springtime preparation has led to this: The Dolphins’ mandatory, three-day minicamp begins Tuesday.
The shorts-and-helmets practices, which are closed to the public but open to reporters, wrap up the nine-week offseason workout program, which began April 20.
This year’s spring regimen has been more eventful than most.
Defensive end Dion Jordan wasn’t there for a single second; he has been suspended for a year following a third violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. Wide receiver Rishard Matthews is back among the fold after briefly sitting out the voluntary program in protest of his place on the team’s pecking order.
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Ndamukong Suh has participated in all OTA practices open to the media after skipping much of the weightlifting sessions. And rookie DeVante Parker wowed coaches and observers alike before undergoing surgery to replace a screw in his left foot, which he broke in college.
Fortunately for the Dolphins, they have up until this point avoided a catastrophic injury that would have sidelined any of their players beyond the early stages of training camp. This week’s minicamp will be the last time they are formally on the field until the start of training camp in late July.