Roth Returns

Matt Roth took some ribbing from his teammates on Wednesday when he practiced for the first time all season, but he didn't mind one bit. He was just happy to be able to do some work.

Roth practiced on the first day he was eligible to do so, as per the rules of the Non-Football Injury list. Now, the Dolphins have three weeks to decide whether to activate Roth, put him on injured reserve or waive him.

All signs would seem to point to the Dolphins moving Roth to the active roster, perhaps as early as this Sunday for the game against New Orleans or the following Sunday when they travel to face the Jets.

For Roth, though, the focus on Wednesday was just on working out the kinks.

I've been ready for awhile," he said. "Mentally and physically, it was fun to get out there and just get running and hitting and doing the plays."

Coach Tony Sparano said it probably wouldn't be until late in the week before any decision would be made on Roth. One factor is seeing how Roth's body reacts to a football practice, as opposed to mere conditioning.

That's all Roth had been doing before Wednesday since he was put on the NFI list after failing the conditioning test on the first day of camp.

"It was fun to get out there and run around," Roth said. "It's a lot better than pushing a (medicine) ball and running in circles by yourself."

Roth's role once he does get activated remains to be seen. He started every game at strongside linebacker last year and did a solid job against the run, but that position is now being manned by Jason Taylor.

Regardless, the defense no doubt will benefit from Roth's return.

"I'm taking a day at a time," he said. "At this point, I'm just concentrating on making sure I've got the plays down and whatever way I coulp help the team, help the team."

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