Marshall Returns to Practice, Brown Sits Out

By Matt Gullette

The Marshall Plan is back in order.

Receiver Brandon Marshall participated in the Dolphins’ organized activities today after sitting out the last couple of weeks due to an off-season hip surgery.

The surgery came somewhat as a surprise to the team and to most Dolfans who didn’t know there were any issues with Marshall, who we just signed for 5 years, $47.3 million. When asked about a timetable for recovery, he said he was, “a little ahead of schedule” right now, but wouldn’t say if he’d be ready for the start of training camp at the end of July.

The only concern for the Dolphins is Marshall’s ability to learn the playbook and the offensive schemes. He doesn’t seem to be too concerned about it, though.

Marshall, acquired for two second-round picks in April, participated in the individual activities, but sat out of team drills. According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Marshall (wearing 19, by the way) lined up opposite Greg Camarillo as the starting receivers, and it was great to see him and Chad Henne hook up a few times, although not against defenders. Hopefully that’s an indication of what’s to come.

Meanwhile, Dolphins’ running back Ronnie Brown sat out of practice this morning, still recovering from a foot fracture he sustained in Week 10 of last season. Ronnie said that doctors told him not to run at all this week or next week after having a screw taken out of his right foot.

This much we knew, but what we still want to know is whether or not Brown will be a Dolphin in the future. For now, Ronnie isn’t giving any details or discussing his contract status, but he has said he’ll sign his one-year restricted free agent tender worth $3.97 million before the deadline expires on June 15.

Brown, 28, rushed for 916 yards on 214 carries last season, an average of 4.3 ypc, and he was an integral part of the Dolphins Ground Machine. My guess is that the Dolphins will sign him to the tender and wait and see how his foot responds before deciding whether or not to keep him past 2010.

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