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Dolphins News: Quarterback Camp Opens
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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 teams player.

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 Beach County.

The Dolphins Ticket office phone numbers are 1 800-255-3094 or (305) 620-2578.

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.

My Comments:

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 in September.

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 behind center.

Also, OJ McDuffie is at least running pretty well after his hernia surgery, but obviously doesn't want to work too hard at this point.

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