The Miami Dolphins, as anemic as I expect their offense to be, will probably need their defense to win their share of games this season. The team got some good news to that end; according to Edgar Thompson of the Palm Beach Post, linebacker Joey Porter is ahead of schedule on his rehabilitation on his surgically repaired knee, making it increasingly likely that he will play in the Dolphins’ season opener at Washington.
Porter told the Post, “It feels good for my first day out there trying to do some football work. I’m ahead of the game plan. I like where I am right now and have enough time to get ready to where I want to be when opening day starts.” Dolphins head coach Cam Cameron was optimistic but cautious about Porter, adding, “You’ve got to see how the guy feels tomorrow. But it’s pretty encouraging that he was out there practicing.”
The Dolphins can only hope that Porter does in fact play against Washington on September 9. His presence opposite fellow Pro Bowl LB Jason Taylor would create some mismatches against their opponents’ short passing game and help immensely against the run. But having said that, the Dolphins’ preseason finale on Thursday, August 30, when they go to New Orleans and take on the Saints, will take on special meaning both for the team and Porter. The amount of participation by Porter will be key as to whether he plays Week One or not. For the team’s sake, they better hope he does.