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Some news from Dolphins practice this morning, including Jake Long's return

The Dolphins are now in full practice mode as they prepare for the season opener in Buffalo on Sunday. And there's some good news coming out of the 30 minutes that practice was open to the media today. So let's get to some of it:

  • LT Jake Long was back at practice today. He sat out of Monday's session, riding the bike instead. But today, Long was wearing full pads and participating. Though it was only likely a "limited" participation, the fact that the big man was practicing at all today seems to be a good sign. Look for Jake to go through a full practice by the end of the week and start on Sunday in Buffalo.
  • The Dolphins have indeed signed running back Clifton Smith, formerly of the Tampa Bay Bucs. He's the sixth running back on the Dolphins' roster and will likely step right in as the team's primary return man. Here are some good highlights of the 5'9, 190 pound return man. To make room, the Dolphins dumped OL Joe Reitz from the team.
  • Despite all of that nonsense yesterday, Bill Parcells was back sitting in his golf cart at practice today - just like he has been basically every day since camp started in July. Jeff Ireland was right next to him - as he has been basically every day. Nothing has changed. Can we forget about this now?