Dolphins Roundup: Wednesday Practices

The Dolphins practiced twice on Wednesday - their first time back on the field since Monday's preseason opener.  But there was news off the field as well.  As you know, the Dolphins cut cornerback Eric Green today.  Also, it's being reported that tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams are buying a stake in the team.  But I could care less about that - so let's move on to action on the field.

DONALD THOMAS BACK WITH FIRST TEAM
After splitting series with Shawn Murphy at RG on Monday night, Donald Thomas reclaimed his starting spot with the first-team offensive line at practice on Wednesday.  It's not that Murphy played poorly, either.  But Thomas looked very sharp in his first game action since injuring his foot in the opening game last year.  And that's impressive considering Thomas has only been practicing with the team for less than two weeks in camp this year as he recovered from an offseason injury he sustained while working out.  The kid is still young and very raw and he's only going to get better.

CAMARILLO WORKS WITH FIRST TEAM IN MORNING
On Monday, Greg Camarillo only got into the game for about four plays (if I counted right).  That's probably because they want to take it slow as he recovers from the knee injury that ended his 2008 season early.  But Camarillo worked ahead of Davone Bess for the first time in over a week, getting snaps with the first-team offense on Wednesday morning.

However, Bess was back ahead of Camarillo on Wednesday night and he was the star of the practice.  The PBP reported Bess caught "several passes" during team drills on Wednesday night.  But I can't help but wonder why Camarillo got to work ahead of Davone in the morning.  Was it to light a fire under Davone?  If so, it seemed to work.  Or was it just to give Camarillo some reps after hardly playing on Monday?

Either way, I expect both to see plenty of action this season.  But my question right now is - if the season started today - who is the other starter opposite of Ted Ginn?

CHAD HENNE'S PRACTICE STRUGGLES CONTINUE
In the morning session, Henne and his second-team offense struggled during redzone drills.  A bobbled snap by Henne and an interception in the endzone by Will Billingsley "highlighted" the drill.

Then in the afternoon, Henne's struggles during the two-minute drill continued.  Two of his first three passes were batted down and the offense was unable to get into scoring position.  Now that could actually not be Henne's fault.  Maybe the offensive line was giving Chad no time to throw, which resulted in passes being batted down.  But it's been a recurring theme all camp long - Henne's inability to move his offense into scoring position during the two-minute drill.

Luckily, though, it's only practice.  Henne didn't look bad in the preseason opener (he wasn't great, either).  I'm anxious to see if he improves in Saturday's game against Carolina.

INJURY UPDATES
Matt Roth continues to sit out of practice.  And this comes after agent Drew Rosenhaus said on Sunday night that he expected Roth to be back at practice at some point this week.  We'll see - but the clock is ticking.

Meanwhile, left guard Justin Smiley sat out of the afternoon practice with an undisclosed injury.  But it doesn't appear it's a serious concern.  Smiley was dressed for the afternoon practice and participated in individual drills.  But he sat out of the team drills.

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