Coach Sparano met with the assembled media early this afternoon between practices on Day 6 of training camp. The big news of the day is that RB/KR Kory Sheets suffered an apparent achilles tear and while the coach told us he wasn’t sure of the extent of the injury, our friend Jeff Darlington of the Miami Herald is reporting that it is a tear, which would most likely mean that Sheets is done for the season. This is the second potentially season-ending injury to happen in the past few days (LB AJ Edds/ACL) and a tough blow, as Sheets was one of the favorites to win a job in the return game. He has also stood out in practice, showing to me at least, more speed than possibly anyone else on the field.
-Coach said that even with the addition of Brandon Marshall, he doesn’t see the role of the tight ends changing from last season to this one. He also went on to say that he felt the TE’s had one of the hardest jobs on the team, behind quarterback, because of all the different places they line up and all the different skills they must make use of.
-More praise for Marshall, as the coach said flatly that his new toy at wide receiver is “not a diva” and praised his work ethic, saying that “if you don’t pull him out of reps, he’ll take them all.” Sparano also said that Marshall has been outstanding so far and also that he is very curious in meetings, which is the sign of a good student.
-When asked if it was worrisome that he could have so many first and second year players starting or playing major roles on defense, he said he was not afraid.
-Quarterback Chad Pennington doesn’t have much to prove to the coaches, but Sparano did say that he probably does have something to prove to himself as he comes off the shoulder injury.
-As for Tyler Thigpen, the coach said he was “very anxious” to get to see him in game action after the flash he showed against Pittsburgh in last year’s finale and because of the amount of off-season work he put in with QB coach David Lee.
So that’s the latest from the head coach. Check back in a bit for video highlights from his chat with the media, including an interesting comment about the importance of getting to coach Koa Misi at the Senior Bowl.
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