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The mystery of Matt Roth continues

After Dolphins outside linebacker Matt Roth failed his conditioning test early this month, he told coach Tony Sparano he was feeling ill. 

Then Roth’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said Roth couldn’t practice because of a strained groin.  Nearly three weeks later, Roth still hasn’t got off the sidelines. 

According to the Miami Herald’s Jeff Darlington, Dolphins are getting increasingly “confused and annoyed” about the mysterious situation.

The Dolphins sent Roth to Philadelphia to see a groin specialist when he first complained, and the doctor did not find any “significant issues.”  But Roth hasn’t practiced since, simply saying he was sore.

Darlington writes that the situation has caused an “icy disconnection” between Roth and the organization, including G.M. Jeff Ireland and Bill Parcells. 

The impasse is especially surprising because Roth had a reputation as one of the hardest-working, most reliable young players on the team. He regularly played through injury.

Roth is entering a contract year, a fact which is hard to ignore given the situation. He seemingly would be the type of player the Dolphins want to build around, but the current tension is making that look less likely.

The Dolphins reportedly have no plans to cut Roth, but he’s at risk of losing playing time to Jason Taylor. 

That assumes, of course, that Roth plays at all anytime soon.  It sounds like no one around the Dolphins is exactly sure what is going on with their young linebacker.

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27 Responses to “The mystery of Matt Roth continues”
  1. sevendollarbologna says: Aug 21, 2009 2:20 PM

    Another one bites the dust @ Dolphins camp.

  2. bbq says: Aug 21, 2009 2:21 PM

    Weird stuff. I’d forgotten about this story, and I’m surprised to see that it’s still going on.
    Maybe he has diabetes.

  3. JoeSchmoe says: Aug 21, 2009 2:21 PM

    I’m callin Staph on this one… Winslow in Cleveland all over again. Or a blackmail situation of some sort. Someone has some compromising pics…

  4. Ghost2thePost says: Aug 21, 2009 2:27 PM

    Better an icy disconnection with the team then with his groin. Who knew there were groin specialists??

  5. zygi milf says: Aug 21, 2009 2:28 PM

    Send him to Cleveland. They did a great job with Kellen Winslow.

  6. watchthisjack says: Aug 21, 2009 2:31 PM

    Groin specialist?

  7. RexRyan'sStressedLapband says: Aug 21, 2009 2:40 PM

    Groin specialist hahaha
    Dad: What do you want to be when you grow up?
    Son: A groin specialist!
    Dad: Get out of my house.

  8. gopher says: Aug 21, 2009 2:41 PM

    I watched Roth at Iowa and he is not one to just sit out. I believe there has to be somethin wrong and I hope it is not serious

  9. Jackal138 says: Aug 21, 2009 2:45 PM

    “The Dolphins sent Roth to Philadelphia to see a groin specialist”
    I’m disappointed in you all, anti-Eagles trollbags. Florio gives you the perfect opportunity to slam someone in Philly, and you don’t take the bait?
    “Groin specialist? He must be going to see McNabb, because McNabb sucks balls!” etc.
    Oh, you’re too busy making the same “Oh, if ____ is a felon, Philly is gonna want him hurr hurr hurr” joke. Got it.

  10. Sofaking Amazin says: Aug 21, 2009 2:45 PM

    Sent him to see a groin specialist eh?
    … It’s nice to see that Jessica Simpson will always have a job in the NFL.

  11. Kevin from Philly says: Aug 21, 2009 2:48 PM

    He hasn’t been hanging out with Ricky Williams, by any chance? Could be herbal induce lethargy.

  12. paul says: Aug 21, 2009 2:48 PM

    Is a groin specialist and expeter or expeckerert?

  13. spyboots says: Aug 21, 2009 2:52 PM

    Sounds like he needs to have some lab tests done; something is causing this.

  14. JakeDSnake says: Aug 21, 2009 2:57 PM

    Philadelphia groin specialists have a reputation for patients needing follow-up penicillin treatments. Could be that.

  15. ebr362 says: Aug 21, 2009 2:58 PM

    I thought a groin specialist was the polictically correct name for a hooker?

  16. stiller43 says: Aug 21, 2009 2:58 PM

    Your mom’s a groin specialist.

  17. Big ben Rapistburger says: Aug 21, 2009 3:02 PM

    Maybe Roth grew up as a Steelers fan. And because of that, he decided to pretend that he has a groin injury. Because he just likes having guys touch his junk. First the trainer got to feel him up, then the team doctor, then a specialist, before long, Bill Parcells and Tony Sparano will be giving him a thorough examination…..

  18. Rex Grossman says: Aug 21, 2009 3:20 PM

    Who’s Florio’s groin specialist? Joe Brocato?

  19. bonecity7 says: Aug 21, 2009 3:30 PM

    Florio,
    I love the site, BUT……
    You really need a forum for adults only!! It is getting far too tedious to sort through the juvenile and/or sophomoric tripe to find a meaningful comment. I think you could/would DOUBLE your hits if you had one site for intelligent discussion and another for the assholes that seem to be taking over PFT.

  20. wrath4771 says: Aug 21, 2009 3:37 PM

    As a Hawkeye fan, Roth was a very hard working guy and has been in the NFL up to this point. If he says something is wrong, then maybe the Dolphins should take him seriously. Yes, it’s a contract year which to me it would seem he would be out on the field busting his hump for a big pay day. Hopefully Roth will be OK.

  21. Rex Grossman says: Aug 21, 2009 4:27 PM

    bonecity7 says:
    August 21, 2009 3:30 PM
    Florio,
    I love the site, BUT……
    You really need a forum for adults only!! It is getting far too tedious to sort through the juvenile and/or sophomoric tripe to find a meaningful comment. I think you could/would DOUBLE your hits if you had one site for intelligent discussion and another for the assholes that seem to be taking over PFT.
    ———————————————–
    “Bone City” HAHAHAHA. Bone City AKA my bedroom WHAM

  22. SteveC says: Aug 21, 2009 5:04 PM

    @bonecity7
    I agree PFT = TMZ of Football with all these nonsense comments…

  23. Drat says: Aug 21, 2009 5:20 PM

    I’m siding with Roth on this issue. He is not a bullshooter. We live in a society in which heathcare is debated and regulated by lawyers. Is there anything worse you can say?

  24. AirlineGuy says: Aug 21, 2009 5:49 PM

    Who did you say was his agent?
    BAM, there is your problem right there. Everyone wondering what might be going on should check out the man pulling the strings. Drew knows that Taylor has nothing in the tank anymore and it is only a matter of time before Fatty Parcells rolls his cart over and hands Drew a blank check.

  25. Shackman v2.0 says: Aug 21, 2009 11:10 PM

    bonecity7 says:
    August 21, 2009 3:30 PM
    Florio,
    I love the site, BUT……
    You really need a forum for adults only!! It is getting far too tedious to sort through the juvenile and/or sophomoric tripe to find a meaningful comment. I think you could/would DOUBLE your hits if you had one site for intelligent discussion and another for the assholes that seem to be taking over PFT.
    Hahahaha! Dude, you need to lighten the FU. Get a hobby or something. This is a case where the joke writes itself.

  26. juggadore says: Aug 21, 2009 11:18 PM

    people just dont want to be in camp in miami.
    im thinking it might be staph too.

  27. KevinFaulk-an-a says: Nov 1, 2009 8:58 AM

    bonecity7 says:
    August 21, 2009 3:30 PM
    Florio,
    I love the site, BUT……
    You really need a forum for adults only!! It is getting far too tedious to sort through the juvenile and/or sophomoric tripe to find a meaningful comment. I think you could/would DOUBLE your hits if you had one site for intelligent discussion and another for the assholes that seem to be taking over PFT.
    Wow man, lighten up. We are posting comments about a game. How serious does that have to be?
    Perhaps you should try switching to an accounting blog, or perhaps Insurance Agent Digest.
    You could be in for a long, miserable life.

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