*** DOLPHINS NEWS ***
Jun 03, 1997: -- Quarterback Camp Opens --
** Quarterback Camp Opens
The Dolphins started their second quarterback camp of the
season yesterday, which will run for the next 3 days, until Thursday.
Most of the Dolphins players were available for the camp, with only 3
rookies and 2 veterans missing practice time.
In the case of the rookies, NFL and NCAA rules prevent players
from participating in this camp until they have finished their finals.
This affects CB Hudhaifa Ismaeli, LB John Fiala and WR Dimitrious
Stanley, who are not in camp.
RB Irving Spikes and WR OJ McDuffie both missed some practice
time yesterday. Spikes sat out the entire day due to a knee problem
and McDuffie only practiced on a limited basis while recovering from
his double hernia surgery.
On the other hand, backup QB Craig Erickson completed a full
practice despite recovering from ankle surgery only 2 weeks ago. He
had loose bodies removed from his ankle on May 19th.
Also, WR Lamar Thomas is back practicing with the team after
spending part of April in jail. Charges against Thomas for battery
and violation of his probation were dropped when his girlfriend
refused to cooperate with police.
** Dewayne Dotson is back
The Dolphins have re-signed Dewayne Dotson to a one year
contract for undisclosed terms as a fullback. Dotson originally
joined the team as a linebacker in 1994, after being cut by the Dallas
Cowboys. He spent the remainder of 94 on the Dolphins practice squad
and spent 1995 on the regular squad as a backup linebacker and special
Last year, he was moved to fullback in the spring by JJ, but
was cut during training camp.
** Dolphins Visit Mexico City
A contingent of Dolphins, lead by Zach Thomas and Richmond
Webb visited Mexico City, which is now the site of the Dolphins'
August 4th preseason game against the Denver Broncos. The game was
originally scheduled to take place in Guadalajara, but was moved to
Mexico City due to the fact that Estadio Guillermo Canedo is a much
bigger stadium than Jalisco Stadium in Guadalajara.
** Single Game Tickets Go On Sale in Miami
The Dolphins have set dates for single game tickets to go on
sale in Miami. Regular single game tickets will go on sale on
Saturday, June 14, starting at 10:00 AM. Tickets may be purchased
through either Ticketmaster charge-by-phone, Ticketmaster Retail
Centers at Sears, Specs, and Blockbuster Music, or in person at the
Pro Player Stadium Box Office.
The Ticketmaster phone numbers are (305) 358-5885 in Dade
County, (954) 523-3309 in Broward County, or (407) 966-3309 in Palm
The Dolphins Ticket office phone numbers are 1 800-255-3094 or
The Dolphins are also offering a "Single Ticket Package",
which gets you a discount if you buy tickets to 2 regular season and 1
preseason game. These packages are already on sale through
Ticketmaster charge-by-phone and through the Dolphins ticket office,
but not through regular Ticketmaster outlets.
Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be much information
available about the Dolphins camp at this time. Due to construction
at the facility, no outside visitors have been allowed to practices
(except, of course, for certain celebrities...).
Mostly, though, the practices are limited to conditioning, and
skill training, such as pass route running and coverage drills. There
is not supposed to be any serious hitting during this camp, and
because of that, there isn't any way to get an accurate picture of who
will really be a good player and who will be driving delivery trucks
There are, of course, the continuing rumors about Calvin
Jackson, but again, we'll have to wait and see what happens in
training camp before we know whether or not they're true. However,
he is apparently still overweight and didn't participate in most of
the conditioning sessions this spring.
It was encouraging to hear that Erickson is practicing
already. The surgery was apparently pretty minor and he is back
Also, OJ McDuffie is at least running pretty well after his
hernia surgery, but obviously doesn't want to work too hard at this
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