It’s hard to regard with anything more than a micrograin of sea salt the injury information disseminated regarding any member of the Dolphins. Like many teams, the Dolphins regard the periodic obligation to share such data as a violation of their inalienable right to establish and maintain a competitive advantage.
Anything said — or not said — regarding an injury to a player on the team needs to be viewed through that prism.
That said, Jeff Darlington of the Miami Herald reports that the mystery regarding linebacker Channing Crowder’s leg injury really is a mystery, not just to the public but to the team.
Per Darlington, the team initially believed Crowder injured a hip flexor. More recently, it was suspected that the injury related to his lower abdomen in the same area. (And that sounds like a possible sports hernia . . . says the guy who learned all he knows about medicine from watching episodes of The Simpsons that included cameos from Dr. Nick Riviera.)
Coach Tony Sparano said Monday that he’s not presently concerned about Crowder, who has missed the past two preseason games, missing the regular-season opener. Still, we wouldn’t expect Sparano to say anything else at this point.
Details likely will be scant for the next eight days. Then, next Wednesday, the Dolphins will grudgingly begin to release information regarding whether and to what extent Crowder participates in practice, eventually applying one of the available labels reflecting the likelihood that he’ll play, or not play, in the opener at Buffalo.