"We wanted him to spend as much time as he needed with his brother," Saban said. "We'll kind to see what's up with it, see how he wants to manage it and we'll be very reasonable."
Saban said he didn't know exactly how long McDougle would miss practice, but pretty much would leave the decision up to the sixth-year veteran.
"His personal family situation comes before what's going on here," Saban said. "We want him to be able to take care of all those responsibilities and feel good about that and what he can do with football and feel good, we'll be flexible with him on it."
McDougle's younger brother, like Stockar a former first-round pick, was in good condition in a Miami hospital Friday.
McDougle was scheduled to start camp with the Eagles on Monday and actually attended a Dolphins practice this week.
In addition to Stockar, the news also hit hard for a trio of Dolphins players who played with Jerome at the University of Miami — tackle Vernon Carey, defensive end Matt Walters and quarterback Brock Berlin.
"I wonder why that happened because Jerome isn't the kind of guy that goes and gets himself in some kind of situation, to bring that upon himself," Walters said. "I'm sure he didn't. I know he didn't. He just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. He kinda keeps to himself. Overall he's a good guy. He stays out of trouble. He's a good friend of mine."
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But the stomach virus that has made a handful of players sick sidelined guard Jason Thomas.
"We've got all these guys sick, we've got this kind of virus running through," Saban said. "It kind of started at that position (offensive line) a little bit with Jeno. It's just really kind of a stomach virus; it doesn't last very long. But guys can't hold any food down or water, and you put them in harm's way if you ask them to go out there and practice."
James didn't practice on Friday, and Saban said he would be given some time off before rejoining the team on Sunday.
The Dolphins cut short Friday's practice because of a lack of available offensive linemen. In addition to James and Thomas, Anthony Alabi, McDougle and Eric Wilson also were missing.
Alabi is nursing an ankle injury, while the reason for Wilson's absence wasn't yet known as of late Friday afternoon.