- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Miami Dolphins will complete organized team activities (OTAs) this week. That will lead into mandatory minicamp on June 17-19.
Health will be a major factor in whether the Dolphins reach their goal of making the playoffs this season. Here is an update on how healthy the team is heading into the summer:
Receiver Brandon Gibson (knee): Miami's incumbent slot receiver is making good progress following season-ending knee surgery on his torn patella tendon. Gibson has practiced in all three OTAs that were open to the media. But he was limited to individual drills and conditioning only. The Dolphins will probably keep Gibson on the same plan next week during mandatory minicamp. When healthy, he will be in a three-way battle in the slot with Rishard Matthews and rookie Jarvis Landry. Gibson won't be able to win his job back unless he participates in a good amount of training camp and preseason games.
Receiver Brian Hartline (knee): The Dolphins' leading receiver in 2013 suffered a knee injury in the regular-season finale. Hartline spent the offseason rehabbing and has participated in some -- not all -- team drills in OTAs open to the media. Hartline's injury was not severe and didn't require surgery. The Dolphins took some light precautions but Hartline already appears close to 100 percent. Miami needs its dependable receiver ready for the regular season.
Defensive tackle Jared Odrick (unknown): This has been the mystery ailment for the Dolphins this spring. Odrick did not finish last season on the injury list and the team has declined comment. The Dolphins are not required to list injuries until the regular season. Odrick attended every OTA session open to the media but worked on the side with trainers. It remains to be seen if Odrick increases his workload next week during mandatory minicamp or waits until training camp.
Receiver Armon Binns (knee): Binns appears 100 percent and has been full-go in OTAs. He tore his ACL last summer in training camp. He was having a solid showing up to that point. This year Binns is on the roster bubble with a deep group of wide receivers. Miami will only keep five or six, and Binns must prove that he's as strong or better than he was before the season-ending knee injury.
Safety Louis Delmas (knees): This situation is more for maintenance. Delmas has a history of knee injuries with the Detroit Lions. He often missed practice time during the week so he could be ready to play on Sundays. The Dolphins were well aware of Delmas' injury history and signed him to a one-year contract. There have been no issues with Delmas so far, which is a good sign. Delmas has been going 100 miles per hour in practice and recently told me has hasn't missed one training session or OTA practice. Still, Miami may have to monitor Delmas' practice reps during the regular season in order to keep him healthy and productive for the full year.