There are many comeback stories at Dolphins camp this summer, among them Leon Searcy, Brent Smith, Robert Edwards, Mark Dixon, and many more. But don't forget about wide receiver Dedric Ward, whose return to health could pay off big for the Dolphins offense.

Ward has looked very impressive in the early part of training camp, and he should wind up with his fair share of catches when the Dolphins go to multiple-wideout formations.

Ward caught 21 passes last season in his first year with the Dolphins, but his season was hampered by a preseason foot injury.

Ward wound up playing 13 games, starting one of those, but was probably never at 100 percent.

"When we signed him, he was the Jets' leading receiver for a couple of years," said Coach Dave Wannstedt. "The guy's got experience, he's got a lot of playing time. He's got quickness, he's got good hands, he's a tough guy.

"Last year was kind of a wash year for him because he gets hurt. In the slot, he'll be pretty darn good."

As Wannstedt pointed out, Ward has put up pretty good numbers in the past, catching a career-high 54 passes for the Jets in 2000.

He's not likely to reach that total this year because the Dolphins receiving corps also features Chris Chambers, Oronde Gadsden and James McKnight, but Ward will be a factor.

Chambers and Gadsden will start at wide receiver for the Dolphins, but it's not out of the question for Ward to push McKnight for the third wideout slot.

For now, though, Ward is just happy to be healthy again.

"This year I'm feeling healthy and hopefully things will work out for the best and I'll be able to get in there and make some things happen."

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