Tough Time for Toledo

While the Dolphins continue to look for answers on their offensive line, there's one guy who badly wishes he could be in there competing for a job and maybe even a starting role. But that's not in the cards right now for Joe Toledo, who can do little but try to learn as much as he can as he continues to rehab his injured foot.

The fourth-round pick from 2006 is the active/PUP list and he's currently sporting a soft cast on his right foot, which has been a problem since last season.

"You know, it's frustrating, but at the same time there are a lot worse things that could happen in life," Toledo said. "But I mean, it's tough, I want to be out there playing and contributing and pulling my weight, but at the same time I'm doing what I can do, studying film and trying to help out during practice. Hopefully, I'll be there sooner rather than later."

Toledo says he hasn't been given a timetable for his return. He is being evaluated by the Dolphins' medical staff about every two weeks, and he's due to get checked out next week.

The former University of Washington standout isn't ruling being able to play in at least a couple of preseason games.

"We'll see what happens," he said. "I don't think it's out of the question. Like I said, we've got a plan in place and I'm following that. They haven't given me a specific time when they think I'm going to be back, so I'm just following the plan. Hopefully, just sooner than later."

The sad truth is Toledo looked good in his short time in camp last year to think he might have been able to challenge for a starting job at guard this summer.

In this first week of practice, the first-team guards have been journeyman free agent acquisition Chris Liwienski and sixth-round pick Drew Mormino.

But Toledo just hasn't been able to stay healthy.

A knee injury landed him on injured reserve last year, then there's been the foot injury, which has required two surgeries.

As he continues to rehab, Toledo is just trying to soak in as much knowledge as he can so he can make his mark once he finally returns.

"You learn besides getting out there and actually doing it," he said. "I learn a lot from Coach Hud (offensive line coach Hudson Houck) and a lot of the other players. I learn what they do during film and during practice. Mentally, I'm picking up that side of it. It's just unfortunate I'm not out there doing it."


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