Dolphins
Dolphin Roundup 8/1/04
By Michael Cunningham
Aug 1, 2004

Davie (sun-sentinel.com) The Dolphins are seeking offensive leaders, but they can't look to Ricky Williams, one of two captains in 2003.

The other, tight end Randy McMichael, was arrested on suspicion of hitting his pregnant wife a month ago. But McMichael said he still plans to be a leader and doesn't think the June 28 incident will affect those efforts.

"Not at all," McMichael said Saturday, the first day of training-camp practice. "After all that happened, my teammates, they were the first one to call me and support me. I don't think anything off the field is going to affect how they look at me."

McMichael and his wife, Cawanna, each was arrested on suspicion of battery after the domestic dispute. State prosecutors haven't decided whether to pursue the case.

McMichael, who hasn't spoken publicly about the incident other than a brief court appearance, declined to comment about it Saturday.

Coach Dave Wannstedt acknowledged the Dolphins don't have a vocal offensive leader but said one eventually would emerge.

He said he can't force it to happen but would create an atmosphere that would provide opportunities for players to speak up.

McMichael, who has the most outgoing personality of the offensive players, would like to be that guy.

"I don't want to say [the] leader, because we have so many leaders on offense, but as one of those leaders, I feel like I have to pick the guys up more," McMichael said. "Because to have so many new guys, we are all trying to get in sync with each other."

McMichael also disputed suggestions that he's out of shape. He said the only time conditioning was an issue was when he was confined to his bed for a week after dental surgery, just before the final minicamp in June.

"I don't know where all that started," McMichael said. "You can't please everybody. I am in the best shape of my life."

Wooden hurting

Reserve safety Shawn Wooden was diagnosed with a bulging disc after aggravating an offseason back injury during a Friday workout.

Wooden, who was initially hurt in early July during an offseason workout, is seeing a back specialist to determine the severity of the injury

The Dolphins placed Wooden on the active/physically unable to perform list, a safeguard in case his injury lingers into the season.

He has played with the Dolphins for eight of his nine NFL seasons and tied for third with 12 special-teams tackles last year.

Update on McIntosh

Tackle Damion McIntosh said he still has not run since undergoing ankle surgery in March and that he is unaware of a target date for his return.

McIntosh is expected to open the season on the PUP list, which would force him to miss at least the first six games.

Linebacker Zach Thomas (knee) also was placed on the PUP list. He's expected to miss at least two weeks of camp.

PART TIME

Wannstedt said defensive tackle Tim Bowens would practice only in the afternoon when the Dolphins practice twice.

Wannstedt said because of Bowens' age (31) he wanted him to avoid the morning practices, when the Dolphins work more on running the ball.

"It's better that he goes full speed once a day," Wannstedt said.

Other front office news

General Manager Rick Spielman and Director of Pro Personnel George Paton missed the Saturday practice while returning from funeral services for Packers executive Mark Hatley, who died last week at the age of 54.

All three worked together in Chicago's front office during the late 1990s and early 2000s. Spielman delivered the eulogy at Hatley's service in Tulsa, Okla. ...

Former Dolphins guard Jamie Nails worked out Saturday with Carolina, but the Panthers declined to sign him after he weighed in at 359 pounds. ...

The Dolphins waived cornerback Mesene Louisdor, a Miami Beach High product.

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