Class wins out in Green-Cameron disagreement
As you may know, two days ago I wrote an column about the little drama playing out between Green and Dolphins head coach Cam Cameron. Green, talking about being recovered from his Grade III concussion, was putting the Dolphins in something of a tough position because he wanted to get back on the field and they had zero intentions of letting him play again.
I wrote that Cameron and Green -- two classy individuals and friends -- disagreed on the course of action for the vet the rest of the season. While Green wanted to play, Cameron didn't want the player anywhere near the field for myriad reasons including the fact he's concerned about Green's and the team's health.
The team's healthy, you ask? One reason I should have mentioned it was bad for Miami to let Green play again this season is he could then creep closer to the 70 percent playtime figure that would cause the Dolphins to send Kansas City a fourth-round instead of a fifth-round draft pick. Another reason the Dolphins would have been hurt is it would have stunted the growth of Cleo Lemon and John Beck as quarterbacks.
I'm happy to report the two sides now have come to an agreement. Green, despite not getting his way, is showing the personal class and respect for Cameron I would have expected.
“I appreciate the way the organization has handled this,” Green said in a statement. “I realize this is in the best interest of my long-term health and I want nothing but the best for the team. Right now I haven’t made any decisions about my future, but I talked with the Dolphins about staying involved in some capacity the rest of the season.”
This has been a good week. The Dolphins on this front come out smelling like a rose -- a rose in an 0-6 flower garden, but a rose nonetheless.
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