The Miami Dolphins may have to deal with missing one of the big free agent impact players for the preseason, as reports say that outside linebacker Joey Porter may be out a few weeks after arthroscopic knee surgery. Sources say that Porter would be back in time for the teams opening game on September 9th, but with his age as well as lack of big plays last year for the Steelers, there is some concern within the Miami organization. Porter was released by the Steelers and signed by Miami back in March. The team gave him a $12 mil signing bonus, and a five-year deal worth about $24 million.
Since his arrival in Miami, it’s been nothing but headlines for Porter, who was involved in a fight with Bengals offensive lineman Levi Jones in Las Vegas and earned a hefty fine. Now knee surgery that will keep him on the shelf for a Miami team that is not exactly stacked at the outside linebacker position. Akbar Gbaja-Biamila would be the next in line for Porter’s position if he misses much time. Porter last year with the Steelers had 55 tackles, seven sacks, two interceptions and one touchdown, and that came in the opening night win over his team team the Dolphins.
The Dolphins defense was ranked 4th last season in the league, allowing 289.1 yards per game. With fellow inside linebackers Jason Taylor and Zach Thomas, Porter will be called upon to help boost the outside linebacker position. Channing Crowder will man the other outside linebacker spot, as last year he had a solid season with 103 tackles. The 6-2, 245 pounder enters his third season out of Florida. Without Porter and having to use Gbaja-Biamila as a starter, this teams depth will become a question early at the linebacker position.