Unfortunately for the Dolphins, the Brent Smith era didn't last nearly that
Already penciled in as the replacement for Webb, who signed with the
Cincinnati Bengals earlier this spring as an unrestricted free agent, Smith
tore the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee during a
Friday afternoon practice. He was placed on injured reserve Saturday.
To add depth to their injury-depleted offensive line, the Dolphins on Saturday signed former Baltimore
Ravens tackle Spencer Folau.
The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Folau, who spent the last five seasons
with Baltimore, was released by the Ravens in March. He played in
11 regular-season games last season and started four.
Smith's injury occurred on the fourth play of the typically physical "middle
drill," an inside running-game segment of practice. The irony is that Smith,
27, wasn't involved in any contact on the play. Friday was the first day of
full-squad workouts for the Dolphins.
Smith is a fifth-year veteran who has bided his time behind Webb, playing in
just 37 games and starting only 13 of them. The former Mississippi State
standout was a third-round choice in the 1997 draft. He was replaced by
journeyman Marcus Spriggs for the balance of the practice.
Miami is expected to contact some free agents but, in an otherwise
glutted market, there is a dearth of available left tackle candidates. Two
players the Dolphins might consider are former New England starter Bruce
Armstrong and Clarence Jones, most recently of Carolina. Dolphins line
assistant Tony Wise coached Jones during his years with the Panthers.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.