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Pat White declines to explain absence

8/1/2010

Pat White pulled a Mark McGwire and told his interrogators he wasn't there to talk about the past.

The formerly MIA Miami Dolphins quarterback arrived for training camp Saturday after a mysterious absence from Friday's opening session.

The Dolphins have been cryptic about White's tardiness. White didn't provide any insight when he spoke to reporters Saturday night.

"I'm having personal issues," White said. "They've been handled. It is what it is. I'm happy to be back out here, thankful that I have people around me that care about people in general and just thankful that my teammates are here and we’re working and moving on to the next level."

When asked to elaborate on his personal issues, White declined.

"We can talk about football from here on out," White said. "My personal issues is over. It's done with, and I'm back to football. Excited to be out here, enthused and enjoying the atmosphere."

Head coach Tony Sparano said earlier Saturday the Dolphins "were dealing with some personal health issues with him that we wanted to get checked out. We did. We were all satisfied and had him back out on the field today. So everything is good and he's ready to go."

Sparano also specified White would remain a quarterback and not change positions, which has been speculated since the end of last season.

White, a second-round draft choice last year, had a disappointing rookie season. He played in 13 games as a gadget quarterback. He didn't complete any of his five pass attempts and ran 21 times for 81 yards with no touchdowns.

White claimed he was committed to the Dolphins.

"I'm a competitor," White said. "I want to be out there with my teammates. I want to be working. We're all working on a common goal this year. I want to be there every second, every day and anytime possible. Anything I can do to help, that’s what I’m here for."