Joe Philbin expects Jake Long to be ready for the opener

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While he might help them more if he could play receiver, the Dolphins are hoping to get Jake Long on the field in his normal capacity.

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said he expected his left tackle to be ready to play next Sunday against the Texans, after he tweaked his right knee in practice Monday. He was wearing a knee brace and working on the side with other injured players yesterday.

Our anticipation is to have 53 healthy guys as we start to prepare for Houston,” Philbin said, via the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “Time will tell. But that’s the anticipation we have.”

While Philbin’s quote falls well short of “Yes, absolutely,” Long didn’t sound as confident.

He didn’t comment when asked about playing the opener, saying only: “It’s getting better every day. I’m doing a lot of rehab and treatment and just working to get back.”

With all the other problems the Dolphins have, having to figure out how to replace the guy who might be the best player on the roster is clearly not anything they’re looking forward to.

14 responses to “Joe Philbin expects Jake Long to be ready for the opener

  1. Jake hasnt been the same since Sparano got him injured in the Dallas pre-season game three yrs ago. Ever since that game, Jake has had one injury after another. I wonder know, if Philbin isnt doing the same thing? Let the man heal.

  2. Good planning would have provided for a good backup left tackle but the fins don’t even have a good starting right tackle, been that way for a few years. You would have thought Ireland would have solved that problem by now.

  3. the Houston game is already lost, let Jake heal up 100% before he goes in again, otherwise he will be hurt all season.

  4. Since the Dolphins have their QB of the future I wonder who they will draft with the first pick in the draft next year.

  5. While Jake may not be able to move fast enough to get open and catch the football. He has a similar skillset to most of the receivers currently playing the position for the Dolphins.

  6. Off topic but the biggest mistake Miami made was to get rid of Marshall. They knew what he was like before they traded for him. I have news for you Ireland almost every elite receiver is a diva and has issues. They are all egomaniacs and are hard to manage. It is your coaching staffs jobs to manage them. That is why they make millions. The only exceptions to this are Fitzgerald and Johnson. They are next to impossible to find.

  7. Did anyone really expect a miracle for the Miami Dolphins this year? Were they winning with these so called awesome vets they’ve traded?

    They’re getting rid of a bunch of a-holes and stockpiling a bunch of draft picks for the future. I like what they’re doing.

  8. it won’t matter if Long comes back if he continues to lead a unit that’s 30th in pass protection, 31st in hits on QB, and 29th in the run….

    you are never going to get anywhere if it continues to be like last year with the QB running for his life every play and giving up 20 forced fumbles because of all the hard hits…..

  9. thelastpieceofcheese says:
    Sep 1, 2012 1:15 PM
    thepvyharvin says: Sep 1, 2012 9:31 AM

    Does Joe Philbin remind anyone of the Dad from Step Brothers??

    He reminds me of Larry Joker, the ex Miami head coach!


    I can’t help but think Robert Duvall when I see him.

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