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Dolphins not saying why Wallace isn’t working

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The Dolphins have made multiple transactions to cover injuries to the middle portion of their wide receiver depth chart.

But they’re not saying anything about the absences at the top.

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the team’s not saying anything about why free agent addition Mike Wallace isn’t practicing.

Wallace didn’t participate in team drills Wednesday night, after doing individual drills. He also didn’t participate in Monday’s scrimmage, but coach Joe Philbin has refused to discuss his status.

Brian Hartline has also missed some time, apparently with a leg injury. Hartline declined to comment on his situation, saying not scrimmaging Monday “was coach’s decision — nothing to do with me.”

Their absences leave Brandon Gibson and Marvin McNutt as the first-team receivers.

The Dolphins have lost Armon Binns for the season, Rishard Matthews for a few weeks with a knee problem, and have signed three wideouts in the past four days.

But they have been mysteriously quiet about Wallace’s situation. After Monday’s scrimmage, Philbin didn’t take questions from reporters, sending out quotes via the team’s PR staff instead, none of them about Wallace. At some point, considering what they invested in Wallace, you’d think they’d like to explain what’s going on.

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37 Responses to “Dolphins not saying why Wallace isn’t working”
  1. grpatriot says: Aug 1, 2013 10:57 AM

    Trouble in CheeseBurger Paradise?

  2. floratiotime says: Aug 1, 2013 10:57 AM

    Hey NFL … stop spending large dollars on free agent WRs. There’s a reason why their own team didn’t sign them.

  3. FinFan68 says: Aug 1, 2013 11:00 AM

    With what they are paying him, they should be quite detailed about what any issues are but a simple generic explanation (leg injury/day-to-day or personal issue/non-injury, etc.) would be the minimum that fans deserve

  4. tannethrill says: Aug 1, 2013 11:04 AM

    Why would any team want to explain anything?

  5. cheffyglenn says: Aug 1, 2013 11:08 AM

    Wallace has just now realized he left a contender team for a pretender team. Plus he has the free agent injury bug that happens to most free agents who chase money and get injured in training camp never to reach their previous numbers they got with the original drafting team. Expect Wallace to only play about 25% of the year.

  6. papoose059 says: Aug 1, 2013 11:10 AM

    After loosing Armand Binns to a shredded knee, and with the news of Pitta and Maclin, this is just a precautionary measure. No point having our 60M WR ripping up his knee in scrimmages or walkthroughs.

  7. ccjcsr says: Aug 1, 2013 11:10 AM

    Veteran Day Off…

  8. jonevans83 says: Aug 1, 2013 11:11 AM

    sounds like you are upset they aren’t telling you anything so you want to stir the pot. Just like the Pouncey situation… or all the attacks on them for 3 years because they didn’t let information leak. haha

  9. westampa says: Aug 1, 2013 11:12 AM

    This reminds me of Antonio Bryant situation in Cincy.

  10. jayhawk6 says: Aug 1, 2013 11:15 AM

    Maybe something is drastically wrong but, rather than lie about it because it might affect ticket sales, they simply say nothing.

  11. markeyh says: Aug 1, 2013 11:17 AM

    I think they are just being very cautious after the injury of Binns. I do not feel there is an issue.

  12. cpo187 says: Aug 1, 2013 11:20 AM

    Maybe he is holding out for a new contract worth more money?

  13. phinfan says: Aug 1, 2013 11:23 AM

    Its a simple strain. If you strain it any more you can risk a serious injury so why take the chance?!

    Moving on…

  14. 69finfan says: Aug 1, 2013 11:29 AM

    Hey Cheffy, since you are so good with that crystal ball of yours how about the powerball #’s for Sat night?

  15. shnakeriver says: Aug 1, 2013 11:31 AM

    If he’s going to “rip up his knee…in a walkthrough”, the ‘phins made a bad investment!

  16. ziggy26 says: Aug 1, 2013 11:33 AM

    I wouldn’t be worried unless he shows up with a walking boot or ice packs. They have camp and four preseason games to get Wallace integrated into the offense. His strength is pretty simple – pure speed.

    There’s no reason to push him in the first week of camp. Like someone else said, look at Maclin and Pitta.

  17. steelerfanjo says: Aug 1, 2013 11:34 AM

    He is so over-rated. 1 good game. 3 bad games. All he cares about is his $$$. Dolphins… there is a reason you haven’t won for decades and why the Steelers always win.

  18. olcap says: Aug 1, 2013 11:36 AM

    If it’s a “lack of performance” thing, I think it’s clear that Wallace was used to the lackadaisical, “hands-off” coaching style of Mike Tomlin. You know, Roethlisberger talked about it last year, how the players don’t get “coached”, they are expected to “coach” themselves. It shows. 8-8 last year.

    Wallace will probably be a big bust unless he can shake off the laziness he picked up during his stay in Pittsburgh.

  19. nananatman says: Aug 1, 2013 11:57 AM

    He got up to go to work and accidentally went to Pittsburgh. You know, like, force of habit.

  20. bmoreravens1012013 says: Aug 1, 2013 12:06 PM

    Amazing . So now the dolphins are stealing a page from the team that kills them in their own division….Guess if u can’t beat em, emulate em….lol

  21. trublazer says: Aug 1, 2013 12:28 PM

    no big deal

  22. hdahs143 says: Aug 1, 2013 12:39 PM

    steelerfanjo says: Aug 1, 2013 11:34 AM

    He is so over-rated. 1 good game. 3 bad games. All he cares about is his $$$. Dolphins… there is a reason you haven’t won for decades and why the Steelers always win.
    ————————————————————
    I guess that would explain why the Steelers offered him $55 million.

    Steelers won’t make the playoffs this year either.

    But you keep trolling, genius.

  23. floriostoupee says: Aug 1, 2013 12:40 PM

    Marvin McNutt? The jokes just write themselves

  24. bunjy96 says: Aug 1, 2013 12:40 PM

    you’d think they’d like to explain what’s going on.

    CCCCCC

    Why. Apparently no one really cares but you

  25. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Aug 1, 2013 1:04 PM

    Patriots Way

  26. trublazer says: Aug 1, 2013 1:04 PM

    yea it’s funny.. now as a long time football fan u can’t help but respect the Steelers and what they stand for.. but it’s funny they offered him a big contract last year, now was it as much as miami, no but they still WANTED him.. but now they fake Pitt fans wanna toot their horn about how he’s over rated and the Steelers never wanted him..pleaseeeeee.. had he took that offer, you fair weather fans would be talking up how good he is and Pitts keeps their own…

  27. GenXJay says: Aug 1, 2013 1:16 PM

    practice?… we talkin bout practice?

  28. maddogwhite says: Aug 1, 2013 1:17 PM

    trublazer, you’re forgetting that Wallace got that offer from Pitt BEFORE last season — a season in which he played poorly and dropped numerous passes. That’s why Steelers fans were okay with him leaving for the money Miami offered him.

    In the choice between signing either Antonio Brown or Mike Wallace, I think you’ll find most Steelers fans are happy that the Steelers ended up with Brown, a more versatile, reliable receiver who is also an outstanding special teams player as well.

  29. genericcommenter says: Aug 1, 2013 1:35 PM

    I hope Hartline didn’t hurt himself working in the drive through. Let someone else unload the drinks.

  30. goodwilljoe says: Aug 1, 2013 1:37 PM

    Not sure what exactly is transpiring but all I know is Tannehill needs the practice time with Wallace if he’s going to be their top WR. QB and WR timing is very important.

  31. hdahs143 says: Aug 1, 2013 1:45 PM

    maddogwhite says: Aug 1, 2013 1:17 PM

    trublazer, you’re forgetting that Wallace got that offer from Pitt BEFORE last season — a season in which he played poorly and dropped numerous passes. That’s why Steelers fans were okay with him leaving for the money Miami offered him.

    In the choice between signing either Antonio Brown or Mike Wallace, I think you’ll find most Steelers fans are happy that the Steelers ended up with Brown, a more versatile, reliable receiver who is also an outstanding special teams player as well.
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    You seem to forget that Pittsburgh’s total offense ranking went from 12th to 21st in 2012, and from 12-4 to 8-8 and missed the playoffs.

    So it seems the whole offense had an off year. Not just Wallace.

  32. vaphinfan says: Aug 1, 2013 2:33 PM

    To all the tough steeler fans…which every steeler fan is always the toughtest. Steelers wanted Wallace back. Yeah the dollhins overpaid but he does make them better. Im not paying his salary and neither are you but he does make the team better and thats the point…..To get better.

  33. trublazer says: Aug 1, 2013 4:49 PM

    hdahs143- great point.. it wasn’t just Wallace who stunk it up.. their running game wasn’t Consistent, and that’s just not Steeler football… Dywer one week, Redman the next.. Mendenhall has a spot start.. and not to mention Haley is a horrible OC.. too many bubble screens if you ask me..
    again, I have nothing but respect and much props to that organization. how they win and conduct their team year after year.

  34. jrcoop says: Aug 1, 2013 5:56 PM

    So if Belichick doesn’t discuss players status its his great control of the media. If Philbin does it, he has some explaining to do. Really?

  35. jzone954 says: Aug 1, 2013 6:23 PM

    Maybe we need to realize its a week and half into training camp? My goodness

  36. gregoryp3234 says: Aug 1, 2013 7:40 PM

    wallace dropped 6 balls last year. 6. wow, what a terrible year. you steeler fans are delusional.

  37. bsizemore68 says: Aug 1, 2013 9:53 PM

    Some of theses Steelers fans act like the guy who girl friend dumps him for a new dude and all they do is cry and cry, guys, we don’t care about your girl friend, so get a life. Bill

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