Porter hopes to be ready for Dolphins season opener

DAVIE, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter
returned to practice Monday, less than three weeks after undergoing
arthroscopic knee surgery, and he was optimistic he'll play in the
season opener Sept. 9 at Washington.

"I didn't do too much. I just ran around a little bit and
tested it out," said Porter, who was limited in drills. "I'm
ahead of schedule. I've set myself up to be in a good situation
come the season opener."

Porter ran last week and said he has had little swelling in his
right knee. Coach Cam Cameron described Porter's status as day to

"You've got to see how the guy feels tomorrow," Cameron said.
"But I would think we can all figure out it's pretty encouraging
that he was out there practicing."

Porter's knee began bothering him during the offseason. When
training camp started, he practiced less than two weeks before
undergoing surgery Aug. 7.

He has missed all three exhibition games and is unlikely to play
Thursday in the preseason finale at New Orleans.

Porter received a guaranteed $20 million in March to sign with
Miami after spending his first eight NFL seasons with the
Pittsburgh Steelers.