CAMP OPENS

Training camp 2003 officially opened on Friday morning when the Dolphins practiced for about two hours in front of over 2,000 fans at their training facility in Davie.

-- Four veteran players were missing on Friday morning, including running back Travis Minor.

Minor's father, Leslie, was killed in an auto accident on Thursday and Minor headed to New Orleans to spend time with his family.

Coach Dave Wannstedt said Minor would be given as much time off as he needed.

-- Tackle Mark Dixon was kept out of practice because he was feeling sick, defensive end Rob Burnett was attending the funeral of his grandmother, while defensive end David Bowens was missing after being placed on the active/non-football injury list because of a knee injury sustained in a household accident a couple of weeks ago.

-- Long-shot linebacker Devin Lemon did not practice because of a calf injury.

-- Three rookies were absent as they remain unsigned (OT Wade Smith, G Taylor Whitley and WR J.R. Tolver). The sticking point in the negotiations is that the Dolphins want them to sign four-year contracts, while the agents for the players are looking for the traditional three-year deals.

-- Top draft pick Eddie Moore was at camp on Friday after agreeing to a contract on Thursday. The Dolphins also signed draft picks Yeremiah Bell, Tim Provost and Davern Williams in time for them to participate in the first practice.

-- Also on hand was defensive end Adewale Ogunleye, who agreed to a one-year contract on Thursday. The deal is said to be worth the tender amount of $350,000 plus incentives.

"It wasn't a big deal," Ogunleye said Friday. "I was just looking for a little compensation if I played well. I never really worried about it."


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