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Philbin On The Dolphins Injury Woes

Miami Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin spoke with the media on Friday about the Nate Kaeding signing and the teams injury bug.

(On signing Nate Kaeding today) He has demonstrated a record of success as a kicker in this league. Hes a hard worker. Hes a true professional and Im sure hell do a great job for us.

(On if the team reached out to Kaeding yesterday) Yeah, Im not exactly sure. Im not exactly sure of the exact timeline, so I dont want to give you any information thats not correct, but yeah Im sure hell do well.

(On placing three players on the Injured Reserve this week and if he feels the team is snake-bitten) No, not at all. Not at all. Its a demanding game and unfortunately guys get injured in this game. Thats just the landscape of the profession. So its unfortunate for the players. Ive stated before these guys work awful hard. They make a lot of sacrifices. Its a demanding job on their bodies and you hate to see a guy that works hard not able to continue to play. SO its tough for those guys, but unfortunately thats the world they live in so to speak.

(On how tough it is to have conversation with players going on IR) Kind of what I just mentioned, you feel for players. They want to contribute. We operate the program under the assumption that these guys want to be coached, they want to be great football players, they want to be part of a first-class organization and they want to win and they want to contribute. So when they cant do that, its tough.

(On how impressive it was the way Dan Carpenter rebounded after a tough start to the season for him) Im not surprised. I think Ive stated many times, hes a true professional as well. I like the way he goes about his business. Its very important to him. He does a great job representing this franchise on and off the field and its unfortunate for him.

(On players not practicing during the week and it being hard for him to play on Sunday as a result and if Randy Starks situation is different because its a non-football injury) Well, again, well see how things go. Every situation is different and well evaluate that right up to the time we have to determine who are our exact 46 guys are. Well make the best decision for the football team at that point.

(On if he suggested signing Kaeding as a result of his relationship with him from University of Iowa) Not necessarily, no. Ive got other things on my mind. I dont necessarily pay attention to exactly whos Thats not really my jurisdiction anyway. But certainly when his name came up, I was familiar with it.

(On Kaeding being an All-American at Iowa) Yeah, hes a hard worker I remember visiting with him in San Diego last year, when he was hurt, before the game and hes a pro. Hes a pro.

(On if it was comforting having Brian Hartline back at practice today) Sure, it was good to have him out there. Absolutely.

Source: Miami Dolphins Media


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