Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano and much of his staff came from the Cowboys staff to work with football operations vice president Bill Parcells. Fullback Lusaka Polite, tight end Anthony Fasano and center Joe Berger are headed back, too.
For general manager Jeff Ireland, the trip will be more than a homecoming. It also will be another reckoning.
Miami Herald columnist Armando Salguero reports Ireland plans to seek out Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant before the game to ensure they've gotten past the ugliness.
Ireland found himself the center of a controversy when Bryant accused him of asking an inappropriate question during an interview at the NFL scouting combine. Bryant reportedly divulged his father was a pimp. Ireland supposedly asked if Bryant's mother, who had served 18 months in prison on drug charges, was a prostitute.
Ireland called Bryant to apologize, and the Dolphins released a statement of apology.
Salguero, citing an unnamed source, reports Ireland wants to follow up in person before the game:
Ireland has told at least one person that he would "try to make sure Bryant is OK with everything," and perhaps repeat in person what he said during a phone conversation with Bryant following their pre-draft incident.
Ireland's gesture is a wise one and should put this miserable issue to rest.