Camarillo injury could force Wilford onto field

November, 24, 2008
11/24/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
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Maybe idled receiver Ernest Wilford finally will earn that handsome contract the Miami Dolphins gave him on the first day of free agency.

The Dolphins on Monday announced leading receiver Greg Camarillo will be out for the season with a knee injury just days after they signed him to a well-deserved extension.

He limped off the field in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 48-28 loss to the New England Patriots. The injury occurred after Chad Pennington threw an interception, and Camarillo tried to defend on the return. Camarillo finished the game with a team-high six catches, 75 yards and a touchdown.

Camarillo is among the NFL's most inspiring stories. He was a walk-on punter at Stanford who harangued coach Ty Willingham into letting him do receiver drills, eventually earning a scholarship.

Camarillo wasn't invited to the NFL scouting combine. He was making the league-minimum, but he has been Miami's most consistent target all season with 55 catches for 613 yards and two touchdowns. He earned a three-year, $6 million extension last week.

Wilford, conversely, has been left to rot. The former fourth-round draft pick and one-time prospect signed a four-year, $13 million contract with $6 million in guarantees.

For that, Wilford has one catch for 15 yards. Unable to crack a starting receiving corps that features one drafted player, Wilford has been a healthy scratch the past eight games because he can't be used on special teams.

Now the Dolphins seem forced to play Wilford.

But do they? The Dolphins, dissatisfied with their receivers all year, have been working out free agents over the past couple weeks but haven't found any they've liked.

We already know they don't like Wilford. But since they're paying him, they might as well use him.

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