Because the Dolphins are as tight-lipped of an organization as they come, especially when dealing with injuries, the fans and media alike were forced to wait and see Jake Long's status when the team held their first practice of the regular season this morning.
As feared, Long sat out practice with a brace on his injured knee. He did ride the bike, though, so sitting out could be purely precautionary. We will have to wait to see how he progresses the rest of the week, and for the Dolphins to release their first injury report, because you should know by now that Sparano is going to tap dance his way out of every question regarding any injury.
Channing Crowder reportedly took part in pre-practice stretches, but didn't workout with the team. Crowder's status for Week 1 is still a mystery, but the Dolphins signing former Cowboy Bobby Carpenter today could have something to do with Crowder being out longer than expected.
Carpenter was the 18th pick of the 2006 NFL Draft, but never established himself as a starter in Dallas and was traded to St. Louis this May, where he was later cut on Saturday.
Carpenter isn't known for being much of a run-stuffer, but could end up getting some action in the nickel package, as he possesses some good speed and coverage ability.
To free up room on the roster, the Dolphins were forced to cut outside linebacker Charlie Anderson, who had also been cross-training on the inside.
In addition to bringing in Carpenter and disposing of Anderson, the Dolphins also revealed their practice squad:
OLB Chris McCoy
ILB Austin Spitler
S Jonathon Amaya
OG Ray Feinga
DE/NT Ryan Baker
WR Julius Priutt
TE Nathan Overbay
Everyone expect Nathan Overbay participated in Dolphins' training camp, with McCoy and Spitler being the team's seventh round draft picks. Overbay is a 6'5, 270 pound tight end from Eastern Washington. He spent training camp with the Denver Broncos before getting cut this weekend.