DAVIE, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins rookie Manuel Wright, who
broke down in tears after he was chewed out by coach Nick Saban on
Tuesday, missed Wednesday morning's practice to have his ailing
"The guy went to the doctor today. They wanted to check his
back out," Saban said. "That's part of the issue. We have a
protocol and procedure for how we do things around here and
sometimes young players don't understand that."
Wright, taken in the fifth round of the NFL's supplemental draft
earlier this month, left the practice field in tears Tuesday after
being chastised by Saban, who took off his hat and pointed to his
head while yelling at the former Southern California defensive
tackle. Wright later returned and participated in practice on a
"As I tell the players, we're going to try to help you in every
way that we can be successful as you can be," Saban said. "But
when you don't do things the way you're supposed to do them, we're
going to confront and demand that you do it right. And that's what
I did with him."
Wright was unavailable for comment either day, but Saban said
the issue was over as far as he was concerned.
"He did what he was supposed to do, I did what I was supposed
to do and nobody's mad at anybody, nobody's upset with anybody,"
Saban said. "It's all part of learning how to go about being a
mature, competitive football player at this level. It's as simple
Wright, a backup for USC last season and earned honorable
mention all-conference recognition.
Saban said the 6-foot-6, 290-pounder is "probably not in as
good of shape as he needs to be in."