Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Sparano: Marshall out until camp
ESPN.com news services
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall had surgery on his hip, a source told ESPN, and coach Tony Sparano said his player will be sidelined until at least the start of training camp while he recovers.
Sparano, speaking to reporters Wednesday, did not disclose the nature of Marshall's surgery.
"We don't play a game today," Sparano said. "We play a game down the road somewhere. ... No disappointment at all. He's been here for eight weeks now, throwing and catching and doing all the things necessary. I mean, he was throwing and catching the day that the procedure was done. So, not real concerned about it."
The Denver Post incorrectly reported that Marshall had a cleanup operation two weeks ago on the same hip he had surgery on last offseason.
Brandon Marshall spent time on the exercise bike instead of catching passes Wednesday.
The surgery Marshall had a few weeks ago was on his right hip. The hip he had surgically repaired last offseason was the left hip, a source told ESPN.com's John Clayton.
"It was something that came up, we needed to get it cleaned up, and we did," Sparano said.
Marshall also had surgery on March 31, 2009, when he was a member of the Denver Broncos, to repair the hip injury that bothered him through much of the 2008 season. Despite the surgery, he posted his third straight 100-reception season in 2009, gaining 1,120 yards and grabbing a career-best 10 touchdown receptions.
Marshall shook off questions about his on-field absence.
"It's definitely frustrating, but you know, some things you can't control," said Marshall, who didn't appear to be wearing any braces or show any other obvious sign of injury. "In my past, I learned that, not to worry myself and hold my head down when I can't control it. I'm just going to do the best I can with the mental reps and prepare myself that way."
As the workout began, Marshall took a spot on an exercise bike set up behind one of the end zones, then joined teammates, often stopping to chat with Ricky Williams, Ronnie Brown and others while following along with the plays and trying to pick up whatever nuances of the offense he could.
"Since the day he showed up here, I thought the way he handled teammates, his introduction to the team, I can remember it like it was yesterday because he came into the weight room ... went around to every player in the room and introduced himself," Sparano said. "I think to players in that room, that meant an awful lot."
Miami sent the Broncos a pair of second-round draft picks for Marshall, then quickly got the receiver to agree on a contract extension. Marshall had 101 catches for 1,120 yards last season for Denver, including an NFL-record 21 catches for 200 yards against Indianapolis in December.
He's the sort of big-play receiver Miami has clamored for, and in time, Marshall plans on showing the Dolphins why he was worth a contract extension that could be worth $50 million.
"Well, when you have someone as dynamic as he is, 1-on-1 coverage and even double coverage take on a whole new idea," Dolphins backup quarterback Chad Pennington said. "When you drop back as a quarterback and you know you have Brandon Marshall out there, you have a chance every time, regardless of what the coverage is."
Maybe the No. 19 Miami jersey is cursed.
That was the number Ted Ginn Jr. wore for his stint with the Dolphins, when he never lived up to the hype that accompanied him after being selected No. 9 overall in the 2007 draft. Ginn was traded to San Francisco last month for a fifth-round pick.
Marshall, whose number selection has been an oddly hot topic in South Florida, had No. 19 on Wednesday -- but cautioned that could change.
"This'll be my number for now," Marshall said. "We'll have one in stone before camp."
Pennington lauded the way Marshall has tried to integrate himself into his new locker room, plus picking up the hows-and-whys of the Dolphins.
"He's done a really good job of coming in here and working extremely hard and trying to become a teammate like we all are," Pennington said. "We're all excited to have him. I think he's excited to be here."
Among those who worked out on the side and did not practice were linebacker Channing Crowder and nose tackle Jason Ferguson, who is facing an eight-game suspension for violating NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances. ... Brown, who missed much of the second half of last season with a right foot injury, seemed to be limping noticeably at times but did take part in some team drills. "He's doing really well," Sparano said. ... Another wide receiver, Patrick Turner, is also expected to miss the entire series of OTA days while recovering from surgery.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.