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Half of AFC East's owners not coming

3/23/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
DANA POINT, Calif. -- Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross won't be in attendance when the rest of his NFL colleagues gather for their annual meeting at the St. Regis Hotel.

Ross, who assumed control of the club in January when he purchased all but 5 percent from Wayne Huizenga, remained on the East Coast because he's sick.

That means half of the AFC East owners won't attend -- the rookie and the Hall of Famer. Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson didn't make the cross-country trip because he recently suffered a shoulder injury at home.

Dolphins spokesman Harvey Greene said he didn't know the extent of Ross' illness or whether Ross was at his home in Manhattan or Palm Beach, Fla.

If the Dolphins need to vote on any league matters this week, president Bryan Wiedmeier will fill in for Ross. Bills chief operating officer, Russ Brandon, will represent Wilson.