Joey good, Daunte great
But they are REALLY pleased Daunte Culpepper's rehabilitation from knee surgery is ahead of schedule. That's great.
Until now the team and the player have been guarded in their comments about the rehab so as to not set high expectations and then disappoint fans if those expectations aren't met.
But privately, the team is absolutely thrilled with Culpepper's continuing return to health. When the OTA days start on Monday, Culpepper will be allowed to make limited rollouts in yet another sign of progress for the knee.
His most recent visit to Dr. James Andrews, who performed the surgery last November, showed that Culpepper is nearly at 100 percent extension on the knee.
Now that doesn't guarantee he will not suffer a setback. And players recovering from reconstructive surgery such as this typically aren't back to their old selves for up to 24 months after the surgery.
But the Dolphins are still pointing at seeing Culppeper in the season-opener. They will try to prevent any setback by not pushing Culpepper in practice early in training camp and probably not playing him much (if at all) in the preseason, especially the first two games.
But that Sept. 7 season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers?
Right now, it looks great.