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Rookie Manuel Wright was missing from practice on Wednesday morning, and Coach Nick Saban said the reason was that Wright went to the hospital to get his ailing back checked out. The Dolphins also made a roster move on Wednesday, signing four-year NFL veteran Jason Glenn.

Wright going to the hospital comes one day after a recent strange episode when the big defensive tackle left the field in tears after being chewed out by Saban.

Saban even took off his trademark Panama hat and pointed at his head while he was screaming at Wright, who joined the Dolphins as a supplemental draft pick last week.

"The guy went to the doctor today; they wanted to check his back out," Saban said. "That's part of the issue. We have a protocol and procedure for how we do things around here and sometimes young players don't understand that."

Wright's emotional display was shown on all South Florida television stations Tuesday night and also was shown on ESPN.

After leaving the field Tuesday, Wright returned to practice and took part in some drills.

"As I tell the players, we're going to try to help you in every way that we can be successful as you can be, but when you don't do things the way you're supposed to do them, we're going to confront and demand that you do it right. And that's what I did with him."

Wright was unavailable for comment either Tuesday or Wednesday. Saban said the issue was over, as far as he was concerned.>"He did what he was supposed to do, I did what I was supposed to do and nobody's mad at anybody, nobody's upset with anybody," Saban said. "It's all part of learning how to go about being a mature, competitive football player at this level. It's as simple as that. No issues, no problems. I don't have a problem, he doesn't have a problem."

In other Dolphins news:

-- The signing of Glenn gives the Dolphins a little more depth at linebacker in light of the injuries that have sidelined Junior Seau and Eddie Moore so far in camp and the sudden retirement of rookie free agent Lionel Turner.

Glenn has spent all four of his NFL seasons with the New York Jets, who signed him in 2001 after he was waived by Detroit, which had selected him in the sixth round of the 2001 draft.

Glenn, the younger brother of longtime NFL cornerback Aaron Glenn, has played mostly special teams as a pro, starting only one of his 55 career games at linebacker. He had 10 tackles and two fumbles recoveries for the Jets in 2004.

-- Wright wasn't the only rookie absent from practice on Wednesday morning. The other was first-round pick Ronnie Brown, who remains unsigned. And Saban was in no mood to talk about contract talks.

"From now on, I'm basically talking about the guys that are here working and investing their time in this team and trying to make us a better team," he said. "Out of respect for those guys, those are the guys I'm going to talk about."


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