There is a good reason the Dolphins asked Justin Smiley not to show up for the offseason conditioning program when it began in late March: The team is concerned their left guard would blow out his already weakened right shoulder by merely lifting weights. The Dolphins have been trying to trade Smiley for over a month but no other NFL team has shown enough interest in Smiley to convince the Dolphins to trade their starting left guard of the last two seasons. Miami doesn’t simply want to give him up for an afterthought sixth- or seventh-round pick but there is probably no choice as no team has offered anything higher and it’s unlikely any team will offer anything higher anytime soon. “I’m not sure where that whole thing is right now,” Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said Friday. “And I’m not really skirting it. I really am not. At this particular time, right now, we are not sure and he is a member of my football team right now.”
My take: Gene would only do this if the risk was very low. If he sits for 6 months and heals well, good choice. Might not work out, Justin hasn’t played a full season in a long time.