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Ginn unsure he'll be ready for Dolphins' training camp

DAVIE, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins coach Cam Cameron might want
to brace for another round of boos: Top draft pick Ted Ginn Jr.
says he's unsure whether he'll be healthy for the start of training
camp.

Ginn paid a visit to the Dolphins' complex Sunday and said his
sprained left foot will be in a boot for about a month.
Rehabilitation will follow, and Ginn said there's no guarantee
he'll be ready to practice when camp begins in three months.

"It's whatever the training staff says," the speedy Ohio State
receiver-returner said. "I hope that I'm going to be able to be
there day one."

Ginn will miss mini-camp May 4-6, but the Dolphins said they
expect Ginn to be healthy for the start of training camp.

"We feel good about Ted's foot," general manager Randy Mueller
said.

Ginn was hurt in the BCS national championship game Jan. 8 after
returning the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown against Florida. The injury happened during an end zone celebration.


Fans jeered Cameron
at the Dolphins' draft party Saturday for bypassing Notre Dame
quarterback Brady Quinn in the first round and picking Ginn
instead.

There was less melodrama Sunday, when the Dolphins selected two
defensive linemen, a linebacker, an offensive lineman, a fullback
and a punter. The draft concluded without Miami completing a
long-anticipated deal to acquire Kansas City quarterback Trent
Green.

Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson said Miami never budged
from the late-round draft choice it originally offered, which
apparently was far from the early-round compensation Kansas City
sought.

"Obviously we went ahead and drafted today, so it is what it
is," Mueller said. "There have been negotiations ongoing
obviously for quite some time. To go back and forth as to what was,
you don't have enough paper, trust me. We move on from this
point."

The Chiefs also have Damon Huard and Brodie Croyle at
quarterback. With Green due to make $7.2 million this year, he
could wind up being released and signing with Miami as a free
agent.

Among the Dolphins' 10 picks -- their most since 1998 -- the
selection of Ginn created by far the biggest buzz.

Ginn said he's now 85 percent and would be able
to play in a game if necessary.

"I just have the ability to go out there and work through
anything, any pain," he said. "I have done workouts on it. I have
practiced on it for weeks."

Ginn's father, Ted Sr., a high school football coach in Ohio,
said his son should be fine by the start of training camp. Mueller
said Ginn's injury isn't a long-term concern.

"We think he's a month or so out," Mueller said. "We're
obviously going to treat him with kid gloves a little bit to get
him right, but we don't think there's any long-term effects, and we
think he'll be fine."

Ginn said he doesn't regret the end zone celebration, which
sidelined him for the rest of Ohio State's 41-14 loss.

"Going back doesn't do anything but give you bad memories," he
said. "It was the national championship. Guys have never been
there before. We were just excited. It was nobody's fault."