After missing all of last season, Eric Steinbach is eager to prove his back woes are behind him.
"When you go eight years hard, missing only three games and take a year off, I look at it as a positive," Steinbach said. "I’m hitting the refresh button. I’m going to come back hungry and ready to get back at it."
Steinbach was happy to be back on the practice field this weekend for the first time in a while. Following major back surgery, the former Pro Bowler and longtime Cleveland Browns star is trying to shake the rust and work his way into the starting lineup with the Dolphins.
Steinbach says he is 100 percent recovered from surgery and ready to help Miami in any way possible. Steinbach played his entire career at left guard, but says he just wants to be on the field, regardless of which position. Steinbach’s best chance to get on the field is probably at right guard, where he will compete with Artis Hicks and John Jerry.
Steinbach, 32, also had interest from the Baltimore Ravens. He worked out for Baltimore but the Ravens didn’t offer a contract, because they were scared off by Steinbach’s back issues.
Miami’s signing reunites Steinbach with Dolphins rookie head coach Joe Philbin. The pair have a lengthy past together. Philbin was Steinbach’s offensive line coach at the University of Iowa a decade ago and is a huge reason Steinbach is in Miami.
"It’s good to get back with someone you know and have a relationship with," Steinbach said of Philbin. "When you’re out, missing a year due to back surgery, it’s good to know you have a home."