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Friday, September 01, 2006

Thoughts on Sammy Morris's suspension

Attorney David Cornwell confirmed last night that Sammy Morris will serve a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's steriods policy because, of all things, the running back took Sudafed.

The over-the-counter medicine contains ephedrine and psuedo-ephedrine which are banned by the NFL steroid policy.

Morris appealed the positive test on July 21 and lost.

So, knowing Morris was in danger of being out the first month of the season, why haven't the Dolphins been more active in their search for a backup RB?

T.J. Duckett was available and the Dolphins didn't even sniff into the possibility of getting him.

Stephen Davis has been out there.

The Jets made not one, but two, trades for a RB.

It worries that Miami is waiting to see who gets cut in the coming two days to find an experienced backup. That thinking relies on another team doing what the Dolphins hope will happen.

What are your thoughts?


Blogger ATL-Scott said...

Couldn't believe it when I read it. A "zero tolerance" policy? Come on - it was just *medicine* for chrissakes ... and after what they did to Ricky, whoever makes these decisions is seriously screwed up.

4:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Antowain Smith just got cut by the Texans. Could fill the backup role for 4 games...wouldn't want him any longer than that though.

6:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I understand that part of getting paid millions of dollars is to take care of the little things. But this is crazy... Sudafed should not be responible for side lining anyone. If it's FDA approved drug, then we shouldn't have an issue.

12:22 AM  
Blogger mighty stags said...

If Miami plays Carolina in the Super Bowl; Saban will be kicking himself for not picking DeAngelo Williams. I don't get it. He knew Ricky W was gone; he knew about Sammie Morris' steroid status - Why draft a db - DeAngelo Williams has so much promise - I screamed at the TV in April when I saw - Williams -
Selected by Carolina in the first round (27th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft (4/29/06).
Finished career at Memphis as Conference USA's career leader with 6,026 rushing yards and 55 touchdowns on 969 carries...Ranks as the NCAA Division I-A all-time leader with 7,573 all-purpose yards, surpassing the previous mark of 7,206 by Ricky Williams of Texas from 1995-98...Became the fourth player in NCAA Division I-A history to compile more than 6,000 career rushing yards, joining Tony Dorsett, Ricky Williams and Ron Dayne...Stands fourth in NCAA Division I-A history with 6,026 rushing yards...Holds the NCAA record for career 100-yard rushing efforts with 34 in 44 games, bettering the previous mark of 33 by Archie Griffin of Ohio State and Tony Dorsett of Pittsburgh...
nd R Brown will tire - he shared carries in college.

7:41 AM  
Anonymous Kurt said...

They will be fine. Ronnie Brown will get it done and Travis Minor is a lot better than he looked before he got injured during the 2004 season when the coaching staff imploded and the offense line was the worst in the NFL. If you want to worry about something, worry about the injuries to the O-Line. The NFL substance abuse policy clearly sucks (cannabis does not belong on the list), but if i recall correctly about the policy this might not have been his first infraction.
I'm not about to second guess Saban's draft choices, the only reason the dolphins didn't at least go deep in the playoffs (or the playoffs at all) last year was because the defensive secondary gave up too many big plays - so that should of course been his #1 priority. Just as a note using your first draft pick on a running back two years in a row is a strategy that only works in fantasy football not the real deal where you are only as good as your weakest link.

9:51 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I like Travis Minor and feel he can be the man should the situation arise. He was very good at FSU but didn't do well in Wannstedt's wad ball offense. His skills are much better suited to the current system. Give the guy a chance.

5:07 PM  
Anonymous CU said...

I don't quite understand why the Dolphins did not address (get a RB) the Sammy Morris situation earlier. Do they have that much confidence in we currently have? I sure don't. There was some quality RB's earlier, now there is just junk. They haven't made that many, but this was a bad mistake by the Saban and Muller.

7:49 PM  
Blogger DwinkinAle said...

It definately doesn't feel good. We were already questioning the RB position and now another Ricky type deal. Not cool. What is Saban waiting for? I thought they should have done something with S Davis, but unfortunately it is too late for that. What now? I'm worried.

10:39 PM  
Anonymous Jon said...

I don't think it's that big a deal, honestly. Morris is only out the first 4 games, 3 of which are cake walks. Why make a trade for a RB and give up a draft pick for a rent me player? Also, if the player is any good, most teams won't trade them. Do I really need to bring up Lamar Gordon? A Ron Dayne, or Najae Davenport is fine for 4 weeks. Add one of those guys plus Sammy Morris when he comes back and you got a nice backfield with solid depth.

12:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The NFL "steroid" policy is a joke...banning a player for using Sudefed? get real.

Does anyone really believe NFL players are not taking any performance enhancing drugs? I think most players are just smart enough not to get caught, but I think this will always be the case no matter the "drug testing" policy.

OACDS, It seemed to me watching games last season, that Ricky Williams and Ron Brown were the same "type" of running back, speed & power (no change of pace) and defences could play them similarly.

I think a Brown/Minor might be a good thing. Minor offers a different change of pace.

2:08 AM  

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