Culpepper Leads Dolphins' Air of Uncertainty

The Miami Dolphins have a number of high-profile positions that are waiting for answers, led by former Viking Daunte Culpepper, whose status with the team is still very much in jeopardy.

Cam Cameron didn't have a full complement of talent to work with in his first post-draft minicamp as Miami's new head coach.

A draft-day trade to acquire Trent Green from Kansas City failed to materialize, leaving the Chiefs quarterback in limbo even though his arrival in South Florida is considered imminent. Daunte Culpepper was sidelined as he continues to recover from a November knee surgery.

Wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr., Miami's first-round pick from Ohio State, also couldn't practice because of a lingering foot injury that will keep him out until at least the start of training camp. And running back Ricky Williams still wasn't reinstated by the NFL before minicamp began Friday.

Compounding the problem even further, it's uncertain when any of those four players will be in a Dolphins uniform. Or in the case of Culpepper, if he ever will be again.

Culpepper's release from the Dolphins appears a certainty once Miami can acquire Green, who has already agreed to contract parameters with the club. Cameron has said Culpepper isn't going to return to the practice field until "100 percent healthy." By the time that happens, Green may already be with the Dolphins and Culpepper will become expendable.

The Chiefs were declined in their request for a fourth-round draft pick for Green and then later rejected Miami's counter-offer of a sixth-round selection. Still, a deal is ultimately expected because it remains highly unlikely that Green will return to the Chiefs because of his $7.2 million base salary and coach Herm Edwards' desire to groom Brodie Croyle as his future starter.

The Dolphins have refused to comment on whether Williams will be allowed back if reinstated, but all signs point to that happening. The Dolphins did secure another potential backup for starting running back Ronnie Brown by drafting Lorenzo Booker in the third round. Cameron also expects Booker to receive snaps as Miami's third-down back.

During a post-draft news conference at Dolphins headquarters, Ginn refused to give a timetable for his return from a sprained left foot suffered in January's national championship loss to Florida. But Cameron and general manager Randy Mueller stressed that Ginn was thoroughly examined by the team's medical staff and he should be ready when training camp practices begin in late July.

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