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Sparano explains decision to bring back Ferguson despite suspension

NFL_sparano1.jpgEarlier this month, word emerged that Dolphins nose tackle Jason Ferguson has been suspended eight games, presumably for violating the league’s policy regarding performance-enhancing substances.

And then, not long thereafter, the Dolphins re-signed him.

Why?  Coach Tony Sparano explained it on Tuesday morning at the AFC coaches’ breakfast.

“When Jason got hurt [in November 2009], our tongue would’ve been hanging
out
to find a player like Jason Ferguson sitting out there at that
time,” Sparano said, per Tim Graham of ESPN.com.  “We couldn’t find a player like that.  To have the ability to have a
player like that when he comes back off a suspension, I think is a
positive thing for us.”

There’s another good reason for the decision.  He’ll be even more valuable than a stranger to the organization would be come November; since he’s under contract, he’ll be able to participate in the full offseason program, along with training camp and the preseason.  So even though he’ll be sent away for eight weeks once the regular season commences, he’ll be fully up to speed when he returns.

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12 Responses to “Sparano explains decision to bring back Ferguson despite suspension”
  1. AlanSaysYo says: Mar 23, 2010 11:43 AM

    This really is turning into Dolphins Football Talk. I’m not complaining, mind you, but I do find it odd. Also, I’m surprised there was no reference to thugs and hoodlums in this post.

  2. .VoxVeritas says: Mar 23, 2010 11:46 AM

    “So even though he’ll be sent away for eight weeks once the regular season commences, he’ll be fully up to speed when he returns.”
    So offseason workouts + training camp + preseason games = fully game-ready halfway through the season with nothing in between?

  3. Gelardia says: Mar 23, 2010 11:48 AM

    And while other players will be battling injuries and fatigue in the 2nd half of the season, Ferguson will be fresh and 100% at full speed.
    Can’t say I disagree with the logic here.

  4. Dolphinatic says: Mar 23, 2010 11:56 AM

    I would rather he Re-explained to us real phin fans why he would draft a problem child WR over trading for a superstar like Marshall. Damn curse of Marino. What we don’t get to see the ball move through the air anymore?

  5. Xpensive Wino says: Mar 23, 2010 12:05 PM

    Dude, you can see it move thru the air. Just watch Henne rifle a screen pass at 150 miles an hour over Lou Polite’s head.
    Ah, good times……

  6. finsbooyah says: Mar 23, 2010 12:33 PM

    This still doesn’t solve the problem at NT

  7. AllThat says: Mar 23, 2010 12:35 PM

    Chad Henne. NFL legend.

  8. SHUTYOURFACE says: Mar 23, 2010 12:41 PM

    nothing wrong with Dolphins FootballTalk

  9. DZskipper says: Mar 23, 2010 12:54 PM

    Glad to see CHEATERS get rewarded in this league.

  10. Dolphinatic says: Mar 23, 2010 1:19 PM

    DZ… its not like was taping signals…. he was juicing to heal and get younger lol.

  11. brasho says: Mar 23, 2010 1:25 PM

    And on top of that, Ferguson will be rested and injury free to start the second half of the season.

  12. texasPHINSfan says: Mar 23, 2010 4:32 PM

    Yeah this only happens because we have no other options at NT. Ferg is a skilled player too, hard to convict him in the moral court of opinion just for HGH when you have other players doing what they do.
    I’ll live with it.

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